Thursday, July 31, 2014

Hitchbot, a hitchhiking robot making its way across Canada


NEW YORK (CNN) – Your parents told you never to pick up hitchhikers, but this is an exception. A robot is trying to hitchhike across Canada by himself (herself or itself?). It’s called “Hitchbot” and its creators started its journey by leaving him on the side of the road.
Hitchhikers often look a little shady. But have you ever seen one this shade? You must literally pick up this Canadian hitchhiker named “Hitchbot.” It can talk but not walk. Up until now, reporters have been taking it for rides. Now the robot consisting of rubber boots, a bucket body and a cake container head is on the road for real.
A robot hitchhiking solo almost 4000 miles from Halifax to Victoria dependent on the kindness of strangers. Hitchbot is the brainchild of two Canadian professors, Dr. David Smith and Dr. Frauke Zeller.

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The Hitchbot webpage

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