Robot Assistant

Meet Gita—your new buddy when it comes to toting around heavy items. Italian for “short journey,” the Gita is a robot that can carry loads weighing up to 40 lbs. The kicker is that no effort at all is required on the part of the owner—the ingenious device navigates itself…after having learned the logistics of an environment by repeatedly following a certain path.

With maintenance or custodial workers in mind, Piaggio Fast Forward, the company that dreamt up Gita, additionally envisions its practical use in places such as senior living centers and even on college campuses.

Take heart, frequent flyers: With advancements like this in the works, self-propelled luggage may be right around the corner.

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