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Domino's Introduces Driverless Pizza Delivery Droid in New Zealand

Domino’s Pizza has raised the bar for cutting-edge pizza delivery technology. The company’s newest venture is a small, four-wheeled driverless droid called Domino's Robotic Unit, or DRU, which is being rolled out for test trials throughout New Zealand.

The autonomous pizza delivery vehicle is only three feet tall and can travel in a 12.5-mile radius before it needs to return to its base store for recharging. To avoid obstacles on sidewalks and roads, the droid uses onboard sensors and cameras. DRU has cold bays for soda and heated compartments that can hold up to 10 pizzas, which customers can access with a special code they're given once an order is placed.

In early 2015, Domino’s New Zealand and Australia worked together on designing DRU, which has an estimated cost of $30,000 per unit. Military contractors Marathon Robotics created the driverless vehicle and its software for the Australian army; Domino’s later commissioned the technology for commercial use for their stores. 

"DRU is cheeky and endearing and we are confident that one day he will become an integral part of the Domino’s family," the chain's New Zealand general manager Scott Bush told the AFP. "He's a road to the future and one that we are very excited about exploring further."

The DRU is the latest effort from Domino’s to streamline the pizza ordering process. Recently, the fast food giant teamed with Amazon.com for quick pizza ordering through the Amazon Echo voice assistant device, allowing hungry customers to order items from their “Easy Order” list by just saying “I Want a Pizza." 

[h/t Time]    

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The Most Searched Shows on Netflix in 2017, By State

Orange is the New Black is the new black, at least as far as Netflix viewers are concerned. The women-in-prison dramedy may have premiered in 2013, but it’s still got viewers hooked. Just as they did in 2017, HighSpeedInternet.com took a deep dive into Netflix analytics using Google Trends to find out which shows people in each state were searching Netflix for throughout the year. While there was a little bit of crossover between 2016 and 2017, new series like American Vandal and Mindhunter gave viewers a host of new content. But that didn’t stop Orange is the New Black from dominating the map; it was the most searched show in 15 states.

Coming in at a faraway second place was American Vandal, a new true crime satire that captured the attention of five states (Illinois, Kansas, Massachusetts, Minnesota, and Wisconsin). Even more impressive is the fact that the series premiered in mid-September, meaning that it found a large and rabid audience in a very short amount of time.

Folks in Alaska, Colorado, and Oregon were all destined to be disappointed; Star Trek: Discovery was the most searched-for series in each of these states, but it’s not yet available on Netflix in America (you’ve got to get CBS All Access for that, folks). Fourteen states broke the mold a bit with shows that were unique to their state only; this included Big Mouth in Delaware, The Keepers in Maryland, The OA in Pennsylvania, GLOW in Rhode Island, and Black Mirror in Hawaii.

Check out the map above to see if your favorite Netflix binge-watch matches up with your neighbors'. For more detailed findings, visit HighSpeedInternet.com.

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Monthly Internet Costs in Every Country

Thanks to the internet, people around the world can conduct global research, trade tips, and find faraway friends without ever leaving their couch. Not everyone pays the same price for these digital privileges, though, according to new data visualizations spotted by Thrillist.

To compare internet user prices in each country, cost information site HowMuch.net created a series of maps. The data comes courtesy of English market research consultancy BDRC and Cable.co.uk, which teamed up to analyze 3351 broadband packages in 196 nations between August 18, 2017 and October 12, 2017.

In the U.S., for example, the average cost for internet service is $66 per month. That’s substantially more than what browsers pay in neighboring Mexico ($27) and Canada ($55). Still, we don’t have it bad compared to either Namibia or Burkina Faso, where users shell out a staggering $464 and $924, respectively, for monthly broadband access. In fact, internet in the U.S. is far cheaper than what residents in 113 countries pay, including those in Saudi Arabia ($84), Indonesia ($72), and Greenland ($84).

On average, internet costs in Asia and Russia tend to be among the lowest, while access is prohibitively expensive in sub-Saharan Africa and in certain parts of Oceania. As for the world’s cheapest internet, you’ll find it in Ukraine and Iran.

Check out the maps below for more broadband insights, or view HowMuch.net’s full findings here.

Map of Internet costs in each country created by information site HowMuch.net.
HowMuch.net

Map of Internet costs in each country created by information site HowMuch.net.
HowMuch.net

Map of Internet costs in each country created by information site HowMuch.net.
HowMuch.net

Map of Internet costs in each country created by information site HowMuch.net.
HowMuch.net

Map of Internet costs in each country created by information site HowMuch.net.
HowMuch.net

[h/t Thrillist]

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