The Vespa is one of the most appreciated scooters around, but now the creators of the famous two-wheeled vehicle, Piaggio is keen on applying all of its experience in developing new projects. The company has decided to unveil its latest product, a personal cargo robot.
More specifically, the new personal cargo robot is being developed by an off-shoot of the main company, known as Piaggio Fast Forward. The manufacturer hopes to once again hit hold with their bold new project which consists of an autonomous cargo carrier.
The cargo robot has been dubbed Gita, which means “short trip” in Italian. It’s designed to look like a large blue ball with two bicycle-sized wheels attached to the sides. The company has explained that the cargo robot, Gita, has been developed with the same attention to vehicle dynamics, safety, braking, and balancing that users would expect from a performance motorcycle.
Gita is designed to either follow a human operator or just move autonomously on its own in a mapped environment determined by the user. It measures 66 cm in height and comes with advanced obstacle-avoidance technology to make sure your cargo, either fragile or not will be damaged by a collision during its journey.
The cargo robot is designed to handle a maximum weight of up to 40 pounds in its large compartment which also comes with a lock on the lid. The top speed of the autonomous carrier is 22 mph and together with its zero turning radius, means that Gita is quick as well as nimble. It can follow you whether you walk or travel on a bike.
While it may be useful for people who can’t be bothered to carry stacks of objects during a short walk or their groceries from the nearby market, Gita is sure to cause a confusion for people who seeing it for the first time, or may even become a traffic problem. Nonetheless, it looks considerably more stylish than any other autonomous cargo carriers.
Piaggio Fast Forward has stated that the first few carriers will be offered to businesses, as they refine its design and feature. However, they also want to release a consumer version in the near future. No details regarding price and availability were disclosed during the reveal of Gita.
Image credit: Piaggio Fast Forward