Robots are coming! Especially robots that carry and deliver stuff, like the Starship delivery bot or these ridiculous motorized suitcases. A new bot is about to join those aspirational ranks, and it’s made by Piaggio — the same company that created the Vespa scooter.
This bot is called Gita, and it’s a bright blue orb-shaped cargo robot with wheels that Piaggio says has the same “braking, balancing and vehicle dynamics that you would expect of a high-performance motorcycle,” which is a little dubious. But Gita has a top speed of 22 miles per hour, and it can supposedly either follow its owner around or navigate environments on its own.
Piaggio’s robotics division told TechCrunch that Gita is going to be less about making deliveries and more about augmenting jobs that require a lot of equipment, like maintenance or gardening. That makes a little more sense than a city full of Gitas following humans back from the grocery store, even if it’s a little less futuristic. I’m fine with baby steps, though, because after seeing the nightmarish new Boston Dynamics robot I’m not so sure I know what to believe about robots anymore.