Piaggio Gitamini, a carrier robot that follows its owner everywhere
In 2019, Piaggio Fast Forward launched the first iteration of an automated pedestrian freight transporter called Gita. After two years and multiple design improvements, the US subsidiary of Italian Piaggio presented the smaller and more agile version, the Gitamini, which will go on sale in October.
The original Gita came with a cargo volume of up to nearly 2,000 cubic inches and a weight of 50 lbs (23 kg). It was also able to carry up to 40 pounds (18 kg) of equipment and travel at a maximum speed of 6 mph (10 km / h) with a range of 20 miles (32 km) or 4 hours.
Gitamini, meanwhile, is about the size of a Border Collie and weighs just 28 pounds (13 kg). It can carry up to 20 pounds (9 kg) of equipment and, thanks to the external handles, can be easily lifted over sidewalks, stairs and other obstacles, even when fully loaded. The cargo robot has the same top speed of 10 km / h (6 mph) and would have a range of approximately 48 km (30 miles) or 6 hours per charge of less than 2 hours and will automatically shut off if left inactive. for more than half an hour.
The mini cargo robot will follow closely the owner in complete transparency, adapting its pace to it. When paired with a smartphone, it will use its range of sensors and cameras, including radar, to calculate speed and pick up the pace when needed or brake when the owner stops. The robot does not require a GPS, cellular or wireless connection to do this. To activate this tracking mode, the person must stand in front of the robot and touch a pairing button.
The robot can thus be transformed into the best companion for shopping, as it is also able to move smoothly on stairs and other obstacles, even when fully loaded.
The Gitamini will be available for purchase on October 15 in the US for $ 1,850. This version will drop the price of the original Gita to $ 2,950; some of these versions are already in use in the United States.