Luggage Robot Travels At Human Speed
The Gita uses numerous sensors covering its body to traverse an environment and can move as quickly as a person
Piaggio Fast Forward, a company formed in 2015 that designs lightweight mobility devices, has created an autonomous robotic companion, Gita, to assist people in carrying items while they travel, closely resembling a round suitcase.
At 26 inches tall, Gita follows a user around using a network of sensors installed all over its frame. These sensors assist the computer in avoiding obstacles and allow it to follow the quickest path to its owner or predetermined destination. If Gita has travel a particular path enough times, the onboard computer recognizes the route and can make trips without a human escort, making it ideal to carry groceries home or walking a dog. The device has a top speed of 22 miles per hour and a weight limit of 40 pounds.