Piaggio’s Innovative Mobility Concept: The “GITA” And “KILO” Robotic Luggage
The Piaggio Gita & Kilo Could Revolutionize Luggage Carrying!
Updated August 18, 2018
It’s not exactly geared towards motorcyclists yet, but the Piaggio Gita and Kilo concepts could be the future solution to motorcycling’s biggest drawback: storage space. Luggage, spares, groceries, you name it, and we can guarantee that whatever you’re trying to transport, it’s a hell of a lot harder on two wheels. Thanks to the overprotective laws of the West, using a motorcycle as a practical tool is almost frowned upon. Why? Because you can’t really do much with it apart from ride it. In other parts of the world, however, the humble two wheeler is the all-purpose family vehicle. No doubt you’ve seen a photo of an old Honda Cub carrying ten people, or of some old fella with a smoke in his mouth transporting a hundred thousand terracotta pots from here to there. They know what they’re doing, but sadly here in the West we don’t. And if we do, we’re not allowed to do it.
So Piaggio have come up with a solution. Boston-based company Piaggio Fast Forward (PFF), specialists in future mobility choices, have come up with two rather interesting ideas. They’re called the Piaggio GITA and KILO, and they may very well be the future of transporting…stuff. All you have to do is wear a special belt around your waist, and this little two (or three, depending on what model you prefer) wheeled pod just follows you wherever you go.
At the moment, the bigger pod (called the KILO) can carry a maximum load of 100 kg in its 120 liter storage compartment – but it’s limited to speeds of up to 22 miles per hour. Which is a shame. However, in the future, who knows what’s possible? Maybe one of these things could tear behind you while you’re screaming around the twisties? If they could do that, I’d be the first guy to sign myself up to one. But that might be quite a ways in the future yet.
Here’s what PFF’s boss Michele Colaninno had to say about the revolutionary idea: “To deeply understand people and their habits to meet their needs, this is the course that led us to create GITA. We understood that we have to create products in line with the needs of tomorrow’s humans, and we will do it through humanity. The success story is made up of PFF people and teams, who confirm it. They are young, enthusiastic, with no fear of challenges, a melting pot of cultures and professionalism that have created a perfect merging of robotics, engineering and design.”
Piaggio’s CEO Roberto Colaninno added: “The Piaggio Group, through the creation of PFF, looks again to the future, to young people, to the future generations, and doesn’t want to merely be ready to face the challenges of this increasingly complex mobility scenario, but wants to be leading agent of this change. Innovation, research and curiosity are the basis of this project and are its main drivers.”
Here’s a video of the GITA in action. You can stop watching after the first minute. The rest of the video is a bit weird…