Pizza Hut has just unveiled its plan for a new autonomous pizza delivery truck that will deliver pizzas to consumers, which is expected to debut in 2020. While on the one hand people are excited to see this step toward the sort of future we've seen in so many sci-fi movies, there's also a bit of funny bad timing that's causing some "controversy" over this announcement. Anyone who watched the most recent season of Netflix's Black Mirror already knows: dark things will come from Pizza Hut's bold advancement.
In the Black Mirror season 4 episode "Crocodile", a young woman named Mia murders an old friend in a heated moment, while reuniting with him in a posh hotel. That act of murder occurs at the very same moment that a young man outside the hotel is struck down in the road by (you guessed it)... an automated pizza delivery truck! When an insurance agent comes to investigate the robotic pizza truck accident, it sets off a chain of terrible events that puts her on a violent collision course with Mia.
"Crocodile" (directed by The Road's John Hillcoat) has been one of the darkest, most bleak episodes of Black Mirror yet. Fans were already buzzing about its dark twists and (ironic? Absurd?) ending; naturally, the news that an element of that episode is about to become part of real life, has triggered them all over again.
Read below to see how the Internet is reacting to the news of Pizza Hut's automated delivery truck - and its Black Mirror connection:
We know how this goes. https://t.co/1nTDxuOrlD— Black Mirror (@blackmirror) January 8, 2018
Did you just finish watching season 4 of #BlackMirror? I liked the “Crocodile” episode too, but not nearly as much as you did!— Chuck Lai (@chuck415) January 8, 2018
Me when you realise its all coming true pic.twitter.com/xjJ8unNd0m— Lewis McP [YOUTUBER] (@iMrMcP) January 8, 2018
This literally caused three murders in Black Mirror.
KEEP IT. https://t.co/rPzTIQRy0x— Kingsley (@kingsleyyy) January 8, 2018
yeah my pedestrian days are over... l’m never walking the street again https://t.co/m3V1VwRluD— Kelly K (@kllysl) January 8, 2018
I think tf not pic.twitter.com/f1ntJqBMLK— Murna (@taniO__O) January 8, 2018
Don't get too worried though: additional detail about the Pizza Hut automated truck prove that we're not going full Black Mirror... yet:
Pizza Hut just unveiled a vehicle, in partnership with Toyota, that will drive to a delivery location without a person at the wheel. Company says plans to use it by 2020. pic.twitter.com/FQXTKzymyg— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) January 8, 2018
there will likely be a person in the vehicle to deliver the pizza to the door. But allows for people who don't have cars (or maybe don't have licenses) to do the job.— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) January 8, 2018
And then... there's the future we've really all been waiting for:
I’m still waiting for Pizza Hut to get to this. pic.twitter.com/ZdYrUcNMtk— Dan Alegria (@danalegriajr) January 8, 2018
Black Mirror season 4 is now streaming on Netflix. Be sure to check out our breakdown of each new episode HERE.