A Pizza-Making Tundra from Toyota?!

A Pizza-Making Tundra from Toyota?!  Shop Tundras from the Best Toyota Dealer in NJ – Pizza Robot Not Included!

When Toyota was looking for a way to demonstrate the versatility of the Tundra, pizza came to mind. Sure, why not? Through conversations with Pizza Hut, the idea of a vehicle that could make a pizza order while in route to the customer was too good of an opportunity to pass up.

They teamed up with Pizza Hut to create a mobile pizza kitchen to showcase at the 2018 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show. The result was the Pizza PIE Tundra Pro, a mind-blowing feat that could only be accomplished through teamwork.

Finding the perfect truck

The engineers and fabricators knew the Tundra SR5 long bed would be the ideal truck for this project. It offered just the right amount of size, while still being powerful enough to handle the amount of technology they were to install in it. 

Check out all of the great features of the Tundra SR5 for yourself at the best Toyota Dealer in NJ, Springfield’s very own Autoland Toyota.

A focus on Eco-friendly

This incredible transformation began with stripping the Tundra SR5 down to its frame. Next came the strategic redesign of the Tundra to pull off this momentous task. The team at Toyota started with the removal of the gasoline engine and replaced it with a hydrogen fuel-cell electric power unit. Changing out the engine ensured that this one-of-a-kind pizza vehicle was as eco-friendly as possible while still retaining the power needed for the robotics added later in the build. Using a hydrogen fuel-cell electric power unit meant that the only emissions from the vehicle would be water, even after twelve hours of running.

The addition of robotics

Once the engine was changed out, the engineers continued installing the rest of the Nachi robotic elements into the truck bed. While Nachi robots are predominately used for industrial purposes, the company was thrilled to be part of this ground-breaking integration – with a fun purpose.  After working tirelessly with Nachi’s programmers, Toyota was able to transform this once-standard Tundra into a mobile pizza kitchen that makes excellent pizza while having virtually zero environmental impact. 

Seeing the culmination of Tundra power and Nachi robotic intervention is indeed a sight to behold! Inside the bed of the truck is everything you would find in a standard kitchen to make a delicious pizza.  The Tundra PIE Pro can have your pizza ready and in the delivery box in a matter of 6-7 minutes. 

How it works

The pizza makers of the future are two independent robotic arms, attached to the truck bed floor and strategically placed within the kitchen. 

The first arm starts the process by selecting the exact pre-made pizza the customer ordered for the onboard fridge. Each pizza is on a specially designed plate with a handle.  It places the pizza on the counter (and even remember to close the fridge door).  From there, the robot moves the pizza to a convection oven for baking while still on the original plate. 

When the pizza is done, a second robot takes over. It carefully slides the pizza over to the cutting station.  With mathematical precision, it cuts the pizza into equal slices.  From there it carefully picks up the pizza and begins the final stage of the job.  Throughout the process, as needed, the robot cleverly cleans up after itself to ensure every pizza is made on a clean plate.

The mechanical arm locates a pre-assembled box and sets it next to the pizza. Gently it picks up the plate the pizza was cut on and gracefully slides the pizza from the plate and into the box. Amazingly it closes the lid with ease and sets the box aside on the counter.  

In the final stages, the robot arm slides the pizza box through a delivery slot located in the truck bed side.  Lastly, the box is pushed through the delivery slot just enough for a fellow (human) employee or awaiting customer to grab the pizza. As a bonus, the robot even rings a service bell to let you know it’s time to eat!

Meanwhile, the first robot arm is selecting and cooking the next pizza order. The robots are incredibly efficient within their compact truck bed kitchen, ensuring that every customer receives a freshly baked pizza.

Future applications

At the moment, the Tundra PIE Pro is a prototype and quirky showpiece, but it may soon have real-life applications. The next time you’re at a college event or concert, your Pizza Hut pizza may be made by with a truck just like this. Rather than a pizza that may have cooled off in transport, you can have an oven-hot pizza in mere minutes! 

Looking for the best Toyota Dealer in NJ?

If you live in Springfield Township or Union County, visit Autoland Toyota in Springfield, NJ.  Their incredible inventory of Toyota Tundras has something for everyone.  

Here are just a few examples of the deals you’ll find at the best Toyota Dealer in NJ.

2019 Toyota Tundra 4WD SR5 Double Cab 

If you’re ready to upgrade your current truck, this may be just the truck for you. Everything about this truck says luxury and status. With its heated seats and wood grain accents, the Toyota Tundra 4WD SR5 Double Cab makes a statement instantly. 

Travel with family and friends with ease and safety, thanks to the vast list of safety features.  The review camera makes it easy to back up safely with the auto-dimming lights allows those around you to see you but not be blinded. The double cab allows everyone to ride in comfort for long road trips or just a quick run to the store. 

For households with multiple drivers, you’ll love the seat setting memorization. If you’ve ever had to try countless times to find you’re driving comfort sweet spot, you know the irritation. This feature solves that problem instantly with that ability to memorize two settings.

Bluetooth connectivity allows for easy hands-free talking for another level of safety. Standard cruise control makes highway driving a breeze while you enjoy the satellite stereo with the HD radio.

2019 Toyota Tundra 4WD Limited CrewMax 

The Toyota Tundra 4WD Limited CrewMax is loaded with features to make your life easier. With its heated mirrors, heated seats, leather interior, and keyless entry, winter in New Jersey just got a whole lot more enjoyable.   Not need to worry about getting stuck; the tow hitch and hooks can get you back on the road fast. 

Let the navigation system show you the way, and the lane departure warning system get you there safely. This truck is packed with all the standard safety features you’ve come to expect from Toyota and more thanks to its security system.

2017 Toyota Tundra 4WD Platinum CrewMax 

When it comes to options, the Toyota Tundra 4WD Platinum CrewMax has you covered. With its premium stereo system, heated/cooled front seats, mirror setting memory, and power folding mirrors, this truck pampers to your every need.  

The sun/moonroof lets you feel the wind in your hair without rolling down the window. The interior comes with leather seats/leather trimmed steering wheel and wood grain trim for an instant touch of class. 

Toyota knows the importance of safety. Along with the standard safety package, this truck’s back up camera and blind spot monitor will have your mastering city parking in no time. 

2017 Toyota Tundra 4WD 1794 Edition CrewMax 

You can count on the best Toyota dealer in NJ to find you a truck that's truly unique. This Toyota Tundra 4WD 1794 Edition CrewMax is a truck you won't see often. 

This is the perfect truck for those who crave adventure but aren't looking to be uncomfortable. On your next trip to the country, gaze at the stars through the sun/moonroof in complete comfort. Not only does this truck have heated seats, but the seats can also be cooled.  It’s multi-zone air conditioning, and roomy bench seat allows your fellow adventures to stretch out their legs and set their own level of cooling. 

The premium stereo system, integrated smart system, and built-in navigation mean that your only limits are your imagination. Loaded with excellent safety features, you can explore beyond the city limits knowing Toyota is looking out for your safety. 

2014 Toyota Tundra 4WD Truck CrewMax

The best Toyota dealer in NJ, Autoland Toyota in Springfield NJ, has a great everyday truck for you! The Toyota Tundra 4WD Truck CrewMax is the perfect truck for inner city driving and weekend camping or hunting trips. 

The bed has plenty of room for hauling groceries or filling up with tents and coolers for your upcoming adventure. Let the tow hitch and hooks do all the hard work while you enjoy the roomy interior. When winter weather hits, stay warm in your heated seats and let the heated mirrors melt away the ice. 

Cruising the city streets or blazing down country trails, Toyota keeps you safe with features like brake assist and traction control.