American pizza restaurant chain Domino’s Pizza has established a partnership with robotics company Nuro to offer autonomous pizza delivery using the custom unmanned vehicle, R2, later this year.

The deal is expected to expand Nuro’s autonomous delivery operations.

Domino’s executive vice-president and chief information officer Kevin Vasconi said: “We are always looking for new ways to innovate and evolve the delivery experience for our customers.

“Nuro’s vehicles are specially designed to optimise the food delivery experience, which makes them a valuable partner in our autonomous vehicle journey.

“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.”

As part of the trial, select customers in the Houston will have the opportunity to select Nuro’s autonomous delivery for orders placed online.

They can track the vehicle using Domino’s app and can use an access code to unlock the compartment to get their pizza.

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Nuro partner relations head Cosimo Leipold said: “We are excited to expand our autonomous delivery service in Houston with Domino’s delivery.

“Domino’s delivers millions of pizzas around the world every day, and the company shares our passion for focusing on the customer experience.

“We see incredible opportunity in offering Nuro’s world-class autonomous technology to Domino’s customers, accelerating our shared mission to transform local commerce.”

In April this year, the pizza delivery company started testing GPS driver tracking service across 27 corporate-owned stores in Phoenix, Arizona, US.