One of the leading pizza chains in the world, Domino’s, has announced that they will be taking delivery to the 21st century. The company announced that they will be testing an autonomous pizza delivery robot in New Zealand known as the Domino’s Robotic Unit (DRU).
The robot weighs approximately 420 pounds and it is about 3 feet tall. It contains separate compartments that are designed to keep drinks cool and as many as 10 pizzas hot. The robot will be able to deliver customers orders within 12 miles of a store, running on a single charge.
According to a Domino’s Australia Facebook post, the Domino’s Robotic Unit is passionate about delivering hot food and warm smiles to the customers it served. Though DRU won’t be used in full-force just yet, he is currently proving to be successful in his prototype phase. This technological advance illustrates what the future of pizza delivery will be.
Marathon Targets, the same robotics company that works with the Australian Defense Force and law enforcement, provided the robotic platform for the DRU.
Other features of the DRU include an ability to travel as fast as 12 miles per hour and GPS tracking technology. The robot also uses a Light Detection and Ranging sensory system, which helps it avoid any obstacles that may be in its path while it is out for delivery.
Upon placing an order, customers will be given a unique mobile code. This code will be used to unlock the storage compartment, which will allow them to remove their orders when they are delivered.
According to Facebook, Domino’s is making every effort to ensure that the DRU remains safe, and they will use surveillance and security measures to do so.
Currently, Domino’s is working with the Queensland Department of Transportation to make sure that the DRU complies with all regulations and that it can safely traverse roads and sidewalks. Though it is not yet known exactly how long it will take for the technology to be ready for regular deliveries, it is predicted that it will take about two years before it is completely ready. Domino’s does not expect that the DRU will completely replace human deliveries, but will rather enhance the company’s delivery service.
Researchers use GPS tracking devices to test new 3D-printed surfboard fins.
3D technology has been taking over a lot of industries in recent years, and it is now lending assistance to surfers. Brand new surfboard fins have already been in production by using 3D printers. These fins can have better materials, shapes, and sizes than what traditional manufacturing processes can provide the surfers. However, it wasn’t known if these new 3D-printed surfboards were as effective as traditionally-built fins. That is, until GPS tracking technology splashed into the picture.
GPS trackers are being embedded into these surfboards to capture data from the waves, including turns, air, speed, and wave counts. This data will then be compared to the data from the 3D fins to those of the same surfer’s previous world circuit tour to figure out if they are up to par. The printers for these fins came from the Australian National Fabrication Facility.
The goal is to try them out on some individual surfers, with the help of researchers from the University of Wollongong in New South Wales. These fins are being individually-customized for the surfers, according to Professor Marc in het Panhuis. He told reporters:
“We want to come up with new, more efficient fins that can bespokely designed for a particular surfer and a particular wave.”
This isn’t the first time 3D printing has helped with the surfing industry, as past designs have used the technology for the fins and the boards. In fact, there was a 48-piece surfboard made from different 3D-printed components in New Zealand last year. However, this will be the first time their efficiency is tested with GPS technology.
All of the fins that were printed with the 3D technology are being tracked with GPS trackers, in a study being performed with the help of Professor Marc from the UOW’s Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health. So far, the research team has used GPS technology to track over 1,100 turns and 1,400 waves with the 3D fins.
They are able to look at what parts of the fin are functioning well, and where they might need improvement. They are already speaking to Australian surfboard manufacturers about the fins and how they are performing. They are hoping to get more involved in the surfing community in Australia to entice more manufacturers to print their fins using the 3D technology.
Classic cars are a strong target for thieves. Aside from the joy ride factor of driving in muscle cars of yesteryear, stealing these classic vehicles can be quite lucrative, as well.
One reason for this is the high value of the parts in older cars. A well-connected thief could make more money from selling the parts of the classic ride than you could likely bring in by selling the entire car.
These are a few things you might want to consider for keeping your classic car safe from theft or, at the very least, to make your classic car a far less attractive target.
Install GPS Tracking on Your Classic Car
GPS tracking not only serves as a useful tool for tracking and recovering cars that are stolen, but it is also quite effective as a deterrent for those interested in stealing an older vehicle. Most classic car thieves are after an easy target with a lower likelihood of capture. Classic cars ordinarily fit the bill. When GPS tracking for cars is added into the mix, though, it presents a new challenge many thieves are disinclined to face.
It will certainly give thieves interested in a low-tech target pause and may be enough to turn them off your vehicles onto another one instead. In the event your classic car is stolen, GPS tracking capabilities improve the odds of a successful classic car theft recovery by a great deal.
Drive a Manual Transmission
We have finally reached the stage, as a society, where fewer people know how to drive a manual transmission vehicle. This offers a substantial deterrent to thieves that fall into this category. It’s difficult to steal a car that keeps stalling in the parking lot, after all. While it sounds crazy, choosing a manual transmission rather than automatic greatly reduces the risks of a car being stolen.
Choose Dealerships and Restoration Shops Carefully
According to Condon Skelly, classic car dealerships and restoration shops are locations from which classic cars are commonly stolen. That is why it’s so important for classic car owners to seek out reputable dealerships. Ask around among other, trusted classic car owners, to find dealerships and restoration shops where other owners have had repairs or sales performed without incident.
In addition to the protective measures mentioned above, protecting your classic car from theft often begins with parking your classic car in a locked garage, always locking the doors of your classic car, and storing the keys in a separate location from the locked car. You’d be shocked by the number of auto thefts that occur because the car was left unlocked with the keys stored somewhere inside. Taking these steps, along with the addition of GPS tracking for classic cars is a great start to reducing your risk of a stolen car.
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