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It's Never Been Easier to Avoid Walking. A Cargo-Carrying Robot Might Change That

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The gita robot follows its owner.

Boston-based robotics firm Piaggio Fast Forward has designed a robot to follow you wherever you go, dutifully toting your belongings.

Credit: Gita/JAM Creative

Boston-based robotics firm Piaggio Fast Forward will soon deploy a bipedal wheeled robot that hauls owners' property as it follows behind them.

Piaggio Fast Forward co-founder Greg Lynn envisions the gita robot competing with last-mile transit solutions like e-scooters and ride-hailing companies.

Lynn said gita's advantages over e-scooters include less congestion on sidewalks, and offers travelers the mental and physical benefits of walking the last mile.

Gita follows its owner at up to six miles per hour, lugging 40 pounds of belongings within an inner compartment, storing up to four hours of battery time, and navigating via multiple cameras that scan and track the owner's leg movements. Gita communicates by sound, and buttons can activate and adjust the robot.

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