And she is here to carry your belongings and follow you.

Imagine something following you everywhere you go silently without you noticing about it. Eerie isn’t it?

Looks like we all need to get used to this feeling because our future is going to have a robot following us, and the best part about it is that it is there to carry our stuff for us rather than to cause fear. Piaggio is working with its PFF (Piaggio Fast Forward) mobility sector to bring us this assisting robot which is touted to make our lives simpler and help us with our daily chores. They call it GITA. It has an elder brother too, to do bigger chores and is called as KILO.

Piaggio's new personal assistant GITA.
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Piaggio's new personal assistant GITA.
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Piaggio group had established the PFF to pioneer the sector of smart future mobility of people and goods. The company’s mission is to help people to move better, further, faster, and more enjoyable. PFF builds robots and lightweight transportation solutions that travel behind, beside, and beneath people on the move.

PFF’s first project is the GITA (pronounced as ’jee-ta’). The name GITA is a very assertive name for us Indians. It’s the ‘song of gods’. But the story over here is quite different. Gita in Italian means ‘to take a short trip’. In an era where the company is busy making mad machines like the Aprilia and the exquisite Vespa, here the company seeks to promote more vibrant cities filled with pedestrians, cyclists, and skaters whose mobility is enhanced by new varieties of smart vehicles.

Piaggio's new personal assistant GITA.
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Piaggio's new personal assistant GITA.
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GITA is basically a cute little spherical autonomous vehicle that is designed to have enough storage space of 33 litres to carry 18 kilos of your belongings and will follow you around to up to 35 kmph. The round design and clean looking shapes characterise its personality of being your close companion who will stay beside you no matter what.

This humble device moves on two wheels and can also move independently in a mapped environments. This Vespa for the 21st century is a conglomeration of a land-drone, a cargo box and a Sherpa, and is all mixed into this one device that can comfortably carry what a human can carry and move as slowly and as fast as a human could.

Piaggio's new personal assistant GITA.
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Piaggio's new personal assistant GITA.
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The new needs of young generations have led to the development of this assistance robot. It calls attention to navigate the spaces used and moved by human pedestrians and will help all kinds of people with all kinds of requirements. Carry your mom’s groceries home, carry your skateboard and backpacks to college, emergency supplies for a doctor and all your shopping. And when you don’t need her, she will faithfully oblige and go back to her own space to rest.

KILO is the “big brother” of GITA, and thanks to a larger capacity it can transport up to 100 kg in its 120-litre compartment. It has extraordinary stability thanks to its three wheels. It can assist persons to deliver mails and large packages, carry your suitcases in the airport or your small furniture at Ikea.

Piaggio's new personal assistant GITA.
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Piaggio's new personal assistant GITA.
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It communicates via sound, light and an interactive touchscreen that can make it trace its path followed previously in case you want it to. It can detect and avoid obstacles in its path by creating a 3D map of its surroundings. With a tap, it can also form a convoy with other GITAs’ and do a lot more of just one. A 360-degree camera and a secure tracking device can let you track its movement live. The beauty of the design allows it to go wherever a wheelchair could possibly navigate, including ADA-compliant ramps, elevators and grocery store aisles. A strong battery life of 8 hours will GITA a nice time with the owner.

On the whole, It’s an everyday assistant designed to help people walk, run, pedal and skate their way more freely and productively through life. As defined by the urban dictionary, Gita is ‘a gorgeous girl who will always be there for you know matter what, makes friends easily and is a smart person.’

Piaggio's new personal assistant GITA.
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Piaggio's new personal assistant GITA.
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The Boston-based PFF is readying the GITA to roll on the streets on a pilot basis and gather more data over the course of the next year and soon enough we will be able to roll our own GITAs’ to come along as a conversation starter and carry our stuff for us. Smart.

PRESS RELEASE

PIAGGIO GROUP, LEADER IN MOBILITY OF THE FUTURE WITH THE CREATION OF GITA AND KILO, THE FIRST PRODUCTS FROM PIAGGIO FAST FORWARD

Piaggio's new personal assistant GITA.
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Boston, Massachusetts (USA) – 3 February 2017 – Piaggio Group presented yesterday in Boston GITA and KILO, the first projects developed by Piaggio Fast Forward (PFF), a company established and controlled by the Piaggio Group to be an advanced American research centre for future mobility. The Group thus explores the evolution of mobility and does so thinking about the future, expanding its vision to include a much broader range of technological solutions compared to its current core business.

GITA is an autonomous vehicle, designed to assist people. It carries up to 18 kg, observes, and communicates. It can follow a person reaching up to 35 km/h, and knows how to move independently in a mapped environment. The spherical shape and clean design characterise its personality.

KILO is the “big brother” of GITA, and thanks to a larger capacity it can transport up to 100 kg in its 120 lt compartment. It has extraordinary stability thanks to its three wheels.

Michele Colaninno, Chairman of PFF commented, “To deeply understand people and their habits to meet their needs, this is the course that led us to create GITA. We understood that we have to create products in line with the needs of tomorrow’s humans, and we will do it through humanity. The success story is made up of PFF people and teams, who confirm it. They are young, enthusiastic, with no fear of challenges, a melting pot of cultures and professionalism that have created a perfect merging of robotics, engineering, and design.”
Roberto Colaninno, Chairman and CEO of the Piaggio Group, declared, "The Piaggio Group, through the creation of PFF, looks again to the future, to young people, to the future generations, and doesn’t want to merely be ready to face the challenges of this increasingly complex mobility scenario, but wants to be leading agent of this change. Innovation, research and curiosity are the basis of this project and are its main drivers."

The revolutionary nature of GITA and KILO is in their ability to provide support to people in the various activities that characterise their movements in everyday life, extending the limited operating range and carrying capacity of humanity. They are, in fact, conceived as a true platform for mobility, which can be customised and integrated to meet different needs in multiple scenarios.

Piaggio Fast Forward

PFF was founded in 2015 by the Piaggio Group to pioneer the sector of smart mobility of people and goods. The company’s mission is to help people to move better, further, faster, and more enjoyably. PFF builds robots and lightweight transportation solutions that travel behind, beside, and beneath people on the move. In the present era of machine intelligence, autonomy, and interconnectedness, PFF seeks to promote more vibrant cities filled with pedestrians, cyclists, and skaters whose mobility is enhanced by new varieties of smart vehicles. PFF is based in Boston, Massachusetts.

PFF is guided by CEO Jeffrey Schnapp, together with Michele Colaninno (Chairman), Greg Lynn (Chief Creative Officer), Sasha Hoffman (Chief Operating Officer) and Beth Altringer (Chief Design Research Officer).

The Advisory Board of PFF is composed of Roberto Colaninno (Chairman and CEO of Piaggio Group), Nicholas Negroponte (Founder of MIT Media Lab), John Hoke (Vice President, Global Design at Nike), Doug Brent (Vice President, Technology Innovation at Trimble) and Jeff Linnell (former Director of Robotics at Google).

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