PLANO, Texas – Pizza Hut has joined forces with Toyota to develop the one-of-a-kind, zero-emission Tundra PIE Pro, a mobile pizza factory with the ability to deliver oven-hot pizza wherever it goes. The full-size pizza-making truck was introduced at Toyota’s 2018 Specialty Equipment Market Association Show presentation.
“We are exploring next-generation solutions and automation to support and streamline our delivery business in the future,” said Nicolas Burquier, chief customer and operations officer for Pizza Hut U.S., in a press release. “The Tundra PIE Pro and our work with Toyota are only helping accelerate our commitment to transform both the team member and the customer experience at Pizza Hut.”
The Tundra PIE Pro features a unique truck bed that has been converted into a virtual pizza factory on wheels—known as “The Kitchen”—that contains a refrigerator, a pair of computer-guided robotic arms and a portable conveyor oven. Like the truck itself, all components in The Kitchen are powered by a hydrogen fuel-cell electric powertrain. From start to finish, the pizza-making process takes between six and seven minutes.
Built to make pizza on the go, the Tundra PIE Pro presents an opportunity for Pizza Hut to expand its delivery radius and broaden its base of customers. The company also has revamped its pizza boxes and delivery pouches to keep its pies hotter.
Pizza Hut is one of many restaurants and food makers that are testing different food delivery systems, such as Domino’s Pizza’s drone deliveries in New Zealand and Alphabet’s partnership with Chipotle to deliver burritos at Virginia Tech via drones.