The first cargo-carrying robotic marketed on to consumers is on sale this holiday season. Corporate giants like Amazon, FedEx, and Ford, have already been experimenting with sending supply robots to doorsteps. Now Piaggio, the Italian company that makes the Vespa scooter, is providing a stylish different to these blandly utilitarian machines—albeit one which weighs 50 pounds (23 kilograms) and prices $3,250.
It is named the Gita (JEE’-tah) after the Italian word for a short, pleasurable tour—the sort you would possibly take to select up some lacinato kale and connoisseur cheese on the farmer’s market. Its creators have such journeys in thoughts for the “hands-free carrier” that may maintain produce and different objects because it follows its proprietor down a sidewalk. Tech trade analysts are already declaring the Gita as doomed to fail except it finds an extra practical application, such as lugging tools around warehouses, hospitals, or factory floors.
Different startups like Starship Technologies have an extra standard marketing strategy for their very own supply robots. The corporate costs a supply price is beginning at $1.99 when you order its rovers to deliver you a Starbucks coffee or a lunch from Panda Express.
Starship’s machines nonetheless require loads of guide supervision to load them with meal orders. They depend on remote pilots to troubleshoot navigation issues. Customers additionally need to verify a phone app to inform the vehicle of the place to go and to unlock the bin as soon as it arrives.
And anybody who is simply seeking to pull home groceries without heavy lifting can discover durable wagons online for lower than $100.