Ford and Domino's are testing out pizza deliveries with driverless cars

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Driver-free deliveries are being tested by Ford and Domino's

In what may be the most unusual tie-up of the year, Ford and Domino's are working together to add a touch of technology to your dinner with driverless cars.

The car company's most delicious test yet comes in the US city of Ann Arbor, Michigan, where autonomous vehicles (a Ford Fusion Hybrid) will take to the road to deliver pizzas.

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While the pizza company may be mulling over if this could be the future of the business, it may have to change pizza-lovers' habit of a lifetime: hungry customers will have to go and collect the food from the car, rather than waiting for someone to bring it to their door like normal.

“We’re interested to learn what people think about this type of delivery,” said Russell Weiner, the president of Domino's US.

“The majority of our questions are about the last 50 feet of the delivery experience. For instance, how will customers react to coming outside to get their food?”

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For now, there is someone in attendance in the car, able to take the wheel just in case something goes wrong.

Ford's vice president for autonomous and electric vehicles Sherif Marakby said: “As we increase our understanding of the business opportunity for self-driving vehicles to support the movement of people and goods, we’re pleased to have Domino’s join us in this important part of the development process,”

And Dominos isn't the only one looking for human-free ways to get your food to you either. Just Eat has introduced a fleet of robots and in Japan there are tests of sushi-delivery robots.

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