Toyota and Pizza Hut are teaming up on the future of pizza delivery and self-driving delivery. The companies publicized their partnership on Monday.
“We are focused on technology-based solutions that enable our team members and drivers to deliver even better customer experiences,” Pizza Hut President Artie Starrs said. “With Toyota, we are excited to be partnering with an undisputed leader in human mobility with a reputation for innovation, reliability and efficiency, as we define the pizza delivery experience of the future.”
Pizza Hut and Toyota are looking forward to the expansion of Toyota’s e-Palette autonomous concept vehicle, which was revealed on January 8, 2018 at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
“The common ground between our two global brands is fueled by innovation that enriches peoples’ lives,” said Zack Hicks, CEO of Toyota Connected. “The e-Palette Alliance and e-Palette fully-autonomous vehicle are major steps in our expansion to advance products and services that help provide mobility for all, and we’re thrilled to continue the journey in partnership with Pizza Hut.”
Pizza Hut plans to provide the best delivery experience, including a new delivery algorithm that drastically improves the accuracy and reliability of deliveries, new delivery pouches able to keep pizzas up to 15 degrees hotter and a pilot test of beer and wine delivery in the U.S.
“In our ongoing and relentless pursuit to own and define the modern pizza experience for our customers, we are focused on technology-based solutions that enable our team members and drivers to deliver even better customer experiences,” Starrs added.
Pizza Hut was in competition with Papa John’s and Domino’s in 2017. They modified their delivery methods with innovative delivery options that allow users to order over Alexa devices, added a mobile tracker that sends updates via text message, and implemented a trial for deliveries of beer and wine.