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Vespa’s first electric scooter goes on sale in Europe this October 

Vespa’s first electric scooter will go on sale in Europe in October and in the US at the start of 2019.

The silent, battery-powered scooter is an electric version of the much-loved retro Vespa which was first released back in 1946. 

The re-imagined all-electric scooter, known as the Vespa Elettrica, has a maximum range of 62 miles (100km) and takes around four hours to charge the battery.

Manufacturer Piaggio Group has remained tight-lipped about the price of its new scooter, as well as its top speed.

It has previously revealed the Vespa Elettrica will be limited to 19pmh (30km/h) when set in Eco driving mode.

Vespa’s first electric scooter is going on sale in Europe this October. The Vespa Elettrica has a maximum range of 62 miles (100km) and takes around four hours to charge the battery

Developers say the scooter will have an AI system that will provide users with real-time mapping and traffic data, as well as the ability to detect if a pedestrian is about to walk into the road in front of the vehicle.

Riders will also be able to connect their phones to the bike using Bluetooth. 

This will also allow them to access the digital dashboard and use navigation services.

‘Most of all, these new generation vehicles will thoroughly know their operators: they will recognise them without key fobs, anticipate their driving choices, interact with other devices and vehicles on the road and allow for degrees of personalisation that can barely be imagined today,’ the manufacturer writes on its website.

In terms of price, it is believed that the Electtrica will cost around the same as other high-end Vespa models, although parent company Piaggio Group has not made an official announcement.

The battery will last up to a thousand charge cycles, which is the equivalent of ten years, before it loses 20 per cent efficiency, writes Engadget.

It is not currently known what its top speed is but in Eco driving mode its limit is 19pmh (30km/h) in order to preserve battery life

It is not currently known what its top speed is but in Eco driving mode its limit is 19pmh (30km/h) in order to preserve battery life

Developers say the scooter will have an AI system that will provide users with real-time mapping and traffic data as well as the ability to detect if a pedestrian is nearby

Developers say the scooter will have an AI system that will provide users with real-time mapping and traffic data as well as the ability to detect if a pedestrian is nearby

The scooter is an electric version of the much-loved retro Vespa which was first released back in 1946

The scooter is an electric version of the much-loved retro Vespa which was first released back in 1946

Last year, the firm unveiled a new two-wheeled vehicle – but not one designed to transport humans.

Made by the Italian firm’s Boston Fast Forward R&D lab, Gita is a robot cargo carrier capable of hauling up to 40 pounds (18 kg) of goods while following a human operator or moving autonomously through a mapped environment.

The blue ball-like machine stands about 26 inches (66 cm) tall and travels at bicycle speeds – up to 22 mph (35 km/h).

Instead of deciding to use an automobile or truck to transport or lug packages and other goods, Piaggio Fast Forward wants to help people walk, run, pedal and skate through life with the assistance of a family of vehicles like Gita.

Last year the firm unveiled a new two-wheeled vehicle ¿ but not one designed to transport humans. Made by the the Italian firm's Boston Fast Forward R&D lab, Gita is a robot cargo carrier capable of hauling up to 40 pounds (18 kg) of goods

Last year the firm unveiled a new two-wheeled vehicle – but not one designed to transport humans. Made by the the Italian firm’s Boston Fast Forward R&D lab, Gita is a robot cargo carrier capable of hauling up to 40 pounds (18 kg) of goods

The firm describes Gita as ‘an intelligent and nimble cargo vehicle designed and engineered with the same attention to safety, braking, balancing and vehicle dynamics that you would expect of a high-performance motorcycle.’

Gita, pronounced ‘jee-ta’, which means ‘short trip in Italian’, is an intelligent vehicle with a communicative personality – making it the perfect travel buddy.

‘The transportation and robotics industries tend to focus on optimizing tasks and displacing labor,’ according to Jeffrey Schnapp, CEO of Piaggio Fast Forward.

‘We are developing products that augment and extend human capabilities, instead of simply seeking to replace them.’

The robot is designed to learn and navigate using both oversight and decision-making of humans.

WHAT IS THE SEGWAY MINIPRO?

Segway in 2016 unveiled the second generation version of its popular upright scooter, which first launched in 2002. 

The miniPro adds a steering stick — a vertical padded bar in the middle of the board.

Pushing one way or the other with the inside of your legs turns the board. If you’re a skier, it’s like carving around a mogul.

Segway says the miniPro's stick makes its board more of a 'personal transporter' similar to its classic upright, handlebar-equipped Segway

Segway says the miniPro’s stick makes its board more of a ‘personal transporter’ similar to its classic upright, handlebar-equipped Segway

Leaning forward causes you to accelerate; leaning back slows you down or starts a backward roll. 

Gyroscopes and electronics keep the board upright.

Getting on isn’t any more difficult than jumping on a skateboard.

Segway says the stick makes its board more of a ‘personal transporter’ similar to its classic upright, handlebar-equipped Segway. 

 

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