Tuesday, 20 November 2007

Pizza Delivery on Hovercraft being developed to Beat UK Traffic Problems


Here at Pizzas and Stuff we aim to bring you news about the latest gadgets available to the pizza delivery industry. So we continue our occasional Gadget of the Week Series with news of the ever-increasing traffic problems across the UK and Ireland and how Domino’s Pizza has been researching ways to rise
above them, quite literally it would seem! Apparently us pizza fans may soon be ordering a delivered pizza and watching in amazement as the pizza guy glides up our driveway effortlessly atop the Domino’s Hoverboard.

Domino’s Pizza has been working hand-in-hand with Airboard Europe to develop a Hoverboard model that is not only roadsafe but has the potential to overtake the moped in terms of delivery efficiency. The early prototype raises up to 1 cm off the ground and can glide over all hard services including ice assisting, in particular, when deliveries are affected by adverse weather conditions. A model that can operate over water is under development as is a fully-functioning, environmentally-friendly electric version which is near completion. (although i hope they don't take that one on water!)

Domino’s Pizza tell Pizzas and Stuff that they continue to research and develop the latest modes of transport and technology in order to constantly improve delivery. Local spokesperson Bernadette Ahmed said: "At the end of the day we have a simple goal of delivering our pizzas safely and efficiently and we won’t compromise on that. If you’d told me twenty years ago that I’d be able to order a Domino’s pizza using a computer I’d have laughed out loud, so who knows what the future holds for transport? Our target is to keep improving the technology available to us in order to raise the standards of delivery efficiency."

The early model may not yet be able to fly through the air above head-height but Airboard Europe is confident that in the not too distant future they will be able to do just that.

"If we increase the Hoverboard’s lift by five inches a year then by the year 2020 we could be eight feet off the ground."

Well I know its all a bit tongue in cheek, but on a serious note, with the way traffic volumes are rising home delivery in 30 minutes or less may soon become a difficult promise to keep.

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