We’re at this odd midpoint between non-connected, manually driven cars and fully connected autonomous vehicles. It’s a time in which we have to do the driving ourselves but have a taste of the delights that await us in the future of connected, self-driving vehicles.
The latest questionable glimpse we get into that not-so-far-off future is Domino’s new AnyWare pizza ordering platform, which will be pre-loaded in new cars starting this year — 2019.
From the convenience of your in-dash touchscreen, you’ll be able to order a pizza from a nearby Domino’s with just few taps. Regular Domino’s patrons can even save their favorite pie by designating it an ‘Easy Order,’ further saving precious seconds between wanting and receiving a piping-hot pizza.
The in-car pizza-ordering tech is by Xevo, the firm that helped General Motors populate its in-dash marketplace, available on some of GM’s 2017 and 2018 (and beyond) models. So, likely, this Domino’s ordering app will debut on Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, and Cadillacs. That’s just a guess, though.
What also is left for us to ponder is how and where customers will get the pizza, once it’s ready. The press release boasts that drivers and soon-to-be-pizza consumers will be able to track the progress of their pie from the app.
There is no mention, though, of where the pizza will be delivered … Are we expected to drive to the pizza like cavemen? Will it be a race to see if pizza customers can beat the pizza delivery vehicle home?
In all seriousness, if you’re one of the first folks to glean the capability to order a pizza from your dashboard touchscreen, please don’t do it while driving. Pizza ordering while moving — no matter how tempting — is still distracted driving and deeply unsafe. I mean you want to live to enjoy that pizza, right?