The Consumer Electronics Show currently taking place in Las Vegas is no doubt unveiling technologies that bring machines closer to invading all aspects of human behavior. Black Mirror’s explorations of this connected future feel eerily prescient to most viewers, and thanks to CES we have proof of it: The self-driving pizza delivery trucks that appeared in this season four episode, blithely mowing down pedestrians, are now in development thanks to Pizza Hut and Toyota.
The carmaker and pizza giant today announced their partnership to develop a self-driving vehicle concept called e-Palette that could see initial tests in regions across the U.S. as early as 2020.
“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,” said Artie Starrs, president of Pizza Hut U.S., in a totally-not-creepy statement involving the phrase “human mobility.”
The toaster-shaped e-Palette vehicle will make use of Toyota’s proprietary Mobility Services Platform to create a “flexible, purpose-built fully-autonomous vehicle” to deliver pizzas, according to the release. It follows other Pizza Hut innovations including Alexa-enabled ordering and alcohol delivery.
Congratulations, Black Mirror: Thanks to you and The Simpsons, I’ve ditched my crystal ball in favor of your future-predicting abilities.