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Winner - Silver
Designer: Greg Lynn - Chief Creative Officer
Design Type: robotic vehicle
Company / Organization / School: Piaggio Fast Forward
Team Members: Designer: Rossitza Kotelova, Graphic Designer: Jamar Bromley, Mobility Prototyping Designer: Nazareth Ekmekjian & CEO: Jeffrey Schnapp
Piaggio Fast Forward (PFF) was founded in 2015 by the Piaggio Group to create lightweight, intelligent and autonomous mobility solutions for people and goods. Gita is the first culmination of this vision. Gita, which means “short trip” in Italian, is an intelligent, robotic vehicle that extends a person's cargo-carrying abilities. While others seek to replace human beings by developing autonomous machines, PFF vehicles like Gita are designed to enhance and expand human capabilities whether at work or at play. They are at once practical and fun, functional and beautiful. PFF’s first product is Gita: a smart, nimble, cargo vehicle designed and engineered with the same attention to safety, braking, balancing, vehicle dynamics and performance that you would expect of a motorcycle or car. Gita is designed to match the full range of human mobility, with speeds that extend from a crawl to a sprint and a zero turning radius. It operates inside and out, on sidewalks and streets, just like a person. Gita leverages its human user's natural navigation abilities to learn how to move through the world in a safe and smart way. Gita can follow a human, or it can autonomously move in a mapped environment.