Robots have already invaded our world and are to be seen in many places, including factories, offices, or airports. But you wouldn’t think you would see one walking down the street. From now on, get ready to meet Gita, a small and attractive robot that can follow you around and give you a helping hand when you have too much to carry.
Gita is the first project launched under the name Fast Forward, an initiative launched by the more popular Piaggio Group. You must have heard of them and their product Vespa, an electric scooter that has maintained popularity since 1946.
The many years during which Piaggio have been gathering experience are shown in the smooth design of the Gita. The robot is 22 inches tall and has a shiny surface garnished only with the treads that help it move and the cameras that guide it. It also has a hatch on top that unveil a compartment that can contain up to 40 pounds.
Piaggio are preparing a new smart vehicle for larger cargo. It is called the Kilo, it is twice as long and can carry up to 200 pounds. This device is perfect for people who work in the delivery business. They can stuff Kilo with packages and have it follow them around.
These robots do not use GPS, since they can work both indoors and outdoors. There are two modes how Gita can operate. One of them involves a belt that connects to the robot via WiFi. The person Gita should follow wears the belt and, using the incorporated cameras, the robot can detect where exactly they are going.
The second mode of operation is the autonomous mode. Gita can map out an area and run around it on its own. This is a perfect solution for deliveries, where the robot does not need a human assistant. Also, Gitas can have some sort of communication method included, so that several robots can communicate and follow each other in the surroundings.
At the moment, Gita is just a prototype and it is in a testing phase. Piaggio are planning to develop it and increase the number of activities it can do. They have designed it for places like stores, hospital, or corporate campuses, but also for a future in which people choose to walk more and spend more time outside of cars.
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