Vespa scooter maker firm has unveiled a new two-wheeled vehicle, but this model isn’t designed to transport humans. It is made by the the Italian firm’s Boston Fast Forward R&D lab, Gita is a robot cargo carrier capable of hauling up to 40 pounds (18 kg) of goods while following a human operator or moving autonomously through a mapped environment.
The light-blue robot, called Gita, is almost spherical, with two wheels about the size of those you’d find on a mountain bike and stands about 26 inches (66 cm) tall and travels at bicycle speeds up to 22 mph (35 km/h).
Piaggio wants to help people go through the life with assistance of a family of vehicles like Gita, instead of using an automobile or truck to transport to lug packages and other goods.
This intelligent vehicle is designed and engineered with the same attention to safety, braking, balancing and vehicle dynamics that you would expect of a high-performance motorcycle.
Gita, pronounced ‘jee-ta’, which means ‘short trip in Italian’, is an intelligent vehicle with a communicative personality – making it the perfect travel buddy.
‘The transportation and robotics industries tend to focus on optimizing tasks and displacing labor,’ according to Jeffrey Schnapp, CEO of Piaggio Fast Forward. ‘We are developing products that augment and extend human capabilities, instead of simply seeking to replace them.’
Gita follows behind users and also maps out the environment. It uses maps to autonomously travel through an area without operator.
Source: NowThisFuture, Dailymail