Piaggio Fast Forward chief executive Greg Lynn, centre, is followed by his company's Gita carrier robot, as he crosses a street on November 11 in Boston. The two-wheeled machine is carrying a backpack and uses cameras and sensors to track its owner. Photo: AP Piaggio Fast Forward chief executive Greg Lynn, centre, is followed by his company's Gita carrier robot, as he crosses a street on November 11 in Boston. The two-wheeled machine is carrying a backpack and uses cameras and sensors to track its owner. Photo: AP
Piaggio Fast Forward chief executive Greg Lynn, centre, is followed by his company's Gita carrier robot, as he crosses a street on November 11 in Boston. The two-wheeled machine is carrying a backpack and uses cameras and sensors to track its owner. Photo: AP

Robotics

Grocery-carrying robots are coming. Do we need them?

  • The Gita, from Vespa scooter maker Piaggio, weighs 22.7 kilograms and costs US$3,250
  • It favours paved environments that are dense enough to have stores in walking distance

Topic |   Robotics
Piaggio Fast Forward chief executive Greg Lynn, centre, is followed by his company's Gita carrier robot, as he crosses a street on November 11 in Boston. The two-wheeled machine is carrying a backpack and uses cameras and sensors to track its owner. Photo: AP Piaggio Fast Forward chief executive Greg Lynn, centre, is followed by his company's Gita carrier robot, as he crosses a street on November 11 in Boston. The two-wheeled machine is carrying a backpack and uses cameras and sensors to track its owner. Photo: AP
Piaggio Fast Forward chief executive Greg Lynn, centre, is followed by his company's Gita carrier robot, as he crosses a street on November 11 in Boston. The two-wheeled machine is carrying a backpack and uses cameras and sensors to track its owner. Photo: AP
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