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Driverless Cars Will Soon Deliver Pizza in Houston

Diners will soon be able to get their Domino’s Pizza without tipping a pizza guy

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Tipping the pizza guy could soon become a thing of the past — later this year, Domino’s Pizza will debut driverless delivery in Houston.

The self-driving cars, created by robotics firm Nuro, have already been driving on Houston streets for the past couple of months delivering groceries from Kroger, but the partnership with Domino’s means that driverless delivery is about to get a whole lot more common. According to a press release, the R2 vehicles will become an option in the Domino’s app by the end of 2020, and “select customers” will be able to select an “unmanned delivery experience” much like they would choose thin crust or pepperoni.

Because the future is now, the driverless orders will be trackable via the Domino’s app, and each order will be connected to a PIN number that will allow hungry pizza enthusiasts to unlock the compartment housing their order. “The opportunity to bring our customers the choice of an unmanned delivery experience, and our operators an additional delivery solution during a busy store rush, is an important part of our autonomous vehicle testing,” said Domino’s executive vice president Kevin Vasconi in a statement.

No word yet on when exactly the Nuro R2 vehicles will be out in full force in Houston, but expect to see them sooner rather than later.