Pizza Hut is testing robot pizza delivery.
The Plano-based company announced it will partner with FedEx to test a new pizza-wielding robot that can roll right up to someone's front door. FedEx is also partnering with Auto Zone, Lowe's, Target, Walgreens and Walmart for home deliveries.
Anyone watching The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon on Tuesday got to see the robot in action. It delivered a pizza that Fallon noted was "still warm."
FedEx's SameDay Bot, as it's called, won't be tested near Pizza Hut's Texas HQ. A spokeswoman says the testing will begin in summer 2019 in Memphis, Tenn., near FedEx's headquarters.
The new bot is focused solely on the rising demand for delivered goods from nearby businesses. A press release from FedEx notes that "on average, more than 60 percent of merchants' customers live within three miles of a store location."
FedEx's robot has been designed to roll on sand, gravel and concrete. It can even climb stairs.
Is it the future of home delivery? Pizza Hut execs are trying out several technologies, including a new Toyota truck that can bake and package a pizza using "robot arms."
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