Hoping someone or something could carry your groceries for you? Well, the Piaggio Group has new mobility solutions for that task. No, it is not the fictional R2D2 from the Star Wars movies, but is something more realistic and achievable.
The Piaggio Group is known for its motorcycles, scooters and mopeds as well as recreational ATVs. With global brands like Aprilia, Piaggio, Vespa, Scarabeo, Derbi, Gilera and Moto Guzzi under its wings, the Piaggio Group has continued to define personal mobility through the decades. But in its latest projects, the Piaggio Group is redefining mobility not just as a personal ride but also as a smart method of convenience.
These projects are the so-called Gita and Kilo robot luggages, both developed by Piaggio Fast Forward or PFF), a subsidiary of the Piaggio Group that focuses on researching and developing smart mobility platforms. The Boston, Massachusetts-based Piaggio division is in charge of creating lightweight, intelligent and autonomous mobility solutions not just for people, but also for their goods. Moreover, the company wants to accomplish this at the right scale by offering innovations that are larger than aerial drones but smaller than cars and trucks.
PFF’s Gita is a one-of-a-kind autonomous cargo carrier. Its name is derived from the Italian term “Gita,” which means “short journey.” Indeed, when you need a short trip to the grocery or to some convenience store, you can bring Gita along with you. You don’t have to worry about carrying the groceries, as Gita is created and built to serve that purpose. Gita is technically a 26-inch tall smart and nimble cargo vehicle that could carry up to 40 lbs (or around 18 kg). It is designed to navigate high-density urban spaces while carefully and faithfully following its user. Likewise, it is programmed to be able to map out and remember the paths it has traveled, thereby allowing it to move autonomously.
PFF designed the two-wheeled Gita to match human mobility, and could move at speeds ranging from a crawl to a sprint of 35 km/h (22 mph). Moreover, it has a zero turning radius, which means it could easily turn left or right, or about face. Aside from being able to detect and avoid obstacles, Gita is programmed to be able to find and follow its user – thanks to an established link between the sensor belt and the cargo carrier. In case you are worried that Gita might run out of juice during a journey to or from the grocery, PFF has assured that its batteries could last for eight full hours when operated at walking speed. Very few people can walk for eight hours continuously.
As for Kilo, it is called as the older brother of Gita. Kilo is larger – it could carry more and heavier cargo than Gita by up to 220 lbs (100 kg) in its 120-liter compartment. It is also more stable than Gita thanks to the fact that it has three wheels.