Ford Motor Co and Domino's Pizza announced on Tuesday (August 29) they will deliver pizzas starting in September to randomly-selected customers in the Ann Arbor area in a FordFusion Hybrid equipped with self-driving technology.
Customers will be able to track the delivery process via GPS and will receive text messages on how to retrieve their pizzas once the delivery vehicle has arrived.
The delivery vehicles initially will be piloted by human drivers.
A number of start-up delivery services, many of them funded by venture capital, have been experimenting with on-demand delivery of packages, including groceries, prepared food and beverages. So have larger companies, from Uber Technologies to Amazon.
It will not be the first experiment with advanced pizza delivery technology. Australia-based Domino's Pizza Enterprises, the Ann Arbor-based company's largest independent franchisee, has tested delivery to customers in New Zealand via drone and self-driving robot.
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