One especially odd design at the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show was a mobile pizza maker created from a Tundra pickup truck and Pizza Hut expertise, according to New Atlas.
The Tundra Pie Pro is powered by a hydrogen fuel cell system from Toyota Mirai. The mobile pizza maker also received assistance from Nachi Robotic Systems. After some advice from Pizza Hut, the Tundra Pie Pro can make a pizza from scratch with no traces of gas from the truck.
After stripping down a Tundra SR5 to its core, Toyota began building it from the ground up. Additions to the re-build included the hydrogen fuel cell power unit from Mirai, while using Toyota’s same fuel cell bent.
The truck’s bed was converted to a pizza making-machine in collaboration with the Toyota Motorsport Technical Center, and input from Pizza Hut and Nachi. A fridge resides in the truck, along with two computer-guided robotic arms and a high-efficiency conveyor oven. The kitchen is electrically powered by Tundra’s hydrogen fuel cells.
A pizza can be made in six to seven minutes, and a robotic arm opens the fridge and removes a pre-made pizza. Then, the arm places the pizza on the oven conveyor and closes the fridge. A separate robotic arm removes the final pizza, places it on a cutting board and cuts it into individual slices. From here, the pizza is ready to serve to customers, and no one will know the difference that a robot prepared their meal.
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