“Black Mirror” is once again striking too close to home — when Pizza Hut revealed its new plan for a driver-less vehicle delivery van, fans of the Netflix series started freaking out.
The restaurant manacle revealed its concept on Monday for a “fully autonomous delivery concept vehicle,” which bore so much resemblance to the driver-less vehicle used by fictionalized Fences Pizza in the “Crocodile” episode from the fourth season.
The pizza chain’s announcement prompted the show to post a statement on Twitter. “We know how it goes,” the Twitter handle of the show tweeted. In the new period of the Netflix display, one of these vehicles smashes into a pedestrian, which snowballs into major problems for many of the episode’s characters.
Pizza Hut has tweeted some concept art for what it calls “the first Pizza Hut fully autonomous delivery concept vehicle”, saying that it is excited about its future partnership with Toyota.
And while your initial reaction might be, ‘OK guys, you’re a bit early for April Fools’ Day but fair play LOL etc.’, this is actually a thing.
At the Consumer Electronics Show, the car manufacturer announced the strangely titled e-Palette, an automated vehicle that can suit a variety of needs.
As well as Pizza Hut, Toyota has teamed up with Amazon and Uber (reports the Top Gear website) to expand the bits and bobs that you can put in the e-Palette.
You’ll be able to transport goods and people, order food, and the company even has ideas for mobile science labs.
As you can imagine, people are a bit wary of the idea after watching the recent ‘Crocodile’ episode of Black Mirror, where a self-driving pizza van was involved in an accident that eventually spiraled into… well, we’re not going to spoil it for you.
For an older yet still terrifying reference, the concept art has also reminded some people of I, Robot.
“Didn’t anyone in Pizza Hut watch Black Mirror? Loll,” wrote one user.
“Yeah my pedestrian days are over… l’m never walking the street again,” wrote another.
Conferring to the authorized press release, Pizza Hut and Toyota are partnering up to “explore the future of pizza delivery.” Toyota’s self-driving concept vehicle will be called e-Palette and Pizza Hut is one of the formation members of the new association that also includes Amazon, Didi, Mazda and Uber.