In 2019, the Boston Piaggio Fast Forward company released the first iteration of an automatic pedestrian truck called the Gita (pronounced JEE-tah). Two years on, and several design improvements later, PFF will be launching a smaller, faster version they call the Gitamini this October.
With a cargo volume of up to almost 2,000 cubic inches and up to 44 pounds of equipment and a top speed of 22 km / h, the original Gita could be a frighteningly large machine that was a grocery cart and kept pace with cyclists. However, the size of the Gita makes it liable for other pedestrians when navigating over crowded sidewalks, especially the previous versions that relied on a belt-mounted tracker to know where the owners are.
The Gitamini, on the other hand, is about the size of a Border Collie (990 cubic square inches of cargo space) and weighs only 28 pounds. It can carry up to 20 pounds of equipment and thanks to external handles, the mini can be easily hoisted over sidewalks, stairs and other obstacles, even when fully loaded. The mini has reached a maximum of 21 miles or about six hours of use before it needs to be recharged. In addition, PFF traded in the tire tracker for advanced optics and machine vision. With the push of a built-in button, the mini will find its ‘leader’ autonomously, recognize and follow with only visual and radar pointers such as color and motion – the robot does not need a GPS, cell phone or wireless network connection to do so.
The mini is also equipped with what the company calls ‘pedestrian etiquette software’. It trains the robot to follow its leader at a safe distance and speed while proactively anticipating the movements of the people around them. The minis wheels are driven independently, allowing the tank to rotate with a zero-radius tank Rivian, while a third motor is aimed at maintaining the balance of the robot during acceleration and braking.
“By seeing the initial reaction of the consumer to Gita, we have proven how a pioneer the product was in the consumer robotics industry,” PFF CEO Greg Lynn said in a prepared statement. what have we heard from people and create something different for a new consumer segment? ” Gitamini is the company’s answer.
The Gitamini will go on sale on October 15 for $ 1,850, while the original, larger Gita will be reduced by $ 3,250 at the same time.
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