Founded by the Piaggio Group in 2015, Piaggio Fast Forward (PFF) has been committed to revolutionizing active mobility with lightweight, intelligent solutions that help people move more easily, more often and more enjoyably. With the mission to build technology products that move the way people move, PFF brought its first product to market in 2019, the gita robot: a first-of-its-kind following robot that carries up to 40 pounds of your belongings at up to six miles per hour for up to four hours of continuous use..
By carrying your items for you, the gita robot let's you walk further, faster and more frequently in your neighborhood with your hands free so you can engage with the people and in the activities you love most. Behind its sleek, compact design works state-of-the-art technology. A simple push of a button allows gita to sense its environment and pair with its leader to instantly roll behind, in sync with their pace.
“The gita robot is a fundamental step toward the future of mobility for Piaggio Group. Our objective is to create an innovative consumer product that is efficient and easy to use while also enhancing daily life,” said Michele Colaninno, PFF's Chairman.
“PFF was founded to create lifestyle-transforming mobility solutions, allowing people to move with greater freedom in their neighborhoods. With the gita robot, our first product, we’re thrilled to see that vision come to life,” said Greg Lynn, CEO and Co-founder at PFF. “From students to working professionals, new parents to grandparents, gita empowers people of all ages to more actively enjoy their surroundings, and to interact with their communities in a more meaningful way.”
Simple, Intuitive Communication
gita communicates seamlessly through sound, light and touch. In collaboration with the esteemed Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA, a library of distinct sounds was composed to communicate gita’s state, in coordination with the robot’s color-coded lighting system. The sounds and lights are used to indicate when gita is powered up, when gita is ready to pair or to inform about gita’s battery level.
Additionally, the mygita app provides a set of enhanced features. The app allows you to share gitas with your “crew,” lock and unlock the cargo bin lid, receive notifications from gita to your phone, check battery charge level and give other app users access to your gita. The app is available on iOS and Android devices.
Autonomy for Humans ™
Whenever gita is in motion, it’s following a person. Amid popular discussion of self-driving vehicles and devices, gita is unique in its aim to provide humans, not machines, with greater autonomy. gita uses visual sensors to track and follow its leader, moving the way humans move. With privacy top of mind for many, PFF designed gita using this equipment exclusively to guide movement —the gita robot does not record pictures or videos and has no way to know the identity of who it is following . By sensing, understanding and anticipating human behavior, gita powers Autonomy for Humans ™ .
“PFF may be a robotics company, but we’re focused on revitalizing everyday human movement and social interconnections,” said Jeffrey Schnapp, Chief Visionary Officer and Co-founder at PFF. “By prioritizing healthy activity and social interaction, PFF is carving out a new category within the field of robotics: technology that moves the way people move and that augments human experiences rather than replacing or stifling them. With gita in tow, people are free to put down their screens, get moving and reconnect with the truly precious ‘cargo’ that shapes their lives: their partners, kids and friends.”
You can visit mygita.com to place your order or learn more about gita and follow along @gitarobot.