Short Bytes: Created by the Canadian researchers as a social experiment, the hitchhiking robot named hitchBOT had met its demise in Philadelphia, where it was vandalised and dismantled.
This adventurous hitchhiking robot had travelled through the Netherlands, Germany, and Canada only to meet its tragic demise in the United States. The hitchhiking robot had an amazing stint through cities like Halifax, Victoria, British Columbia along with many others in Canada. From Canada, hitchBot boarded a plane to Amsterdam and toured the country for next three weeks. In Germany, hitchBOT visited Berlin, Cologne, Hamburg and Munich and stayed there for 10 days.
The fans took to Twitter to express their sadness and anguish over the hitchhiking robot hitchBOT’s death. And, this one is certainly interesting.
— Matthew Bingley (@mattybing) August 2, 2015
Everything was going great till the hitchhiking robot hitchBOT landed in the USA. Its goal was to reach San Fransisco from Massachusetts. However, its adventure was cut short in Philadelphia when someone rammed the robot beyond repair. hitchBOT posted the final message on its website
Some fans also gave suggestions for the hitchhiking robot hitchBOT’s incarnation, but with some grey shades. People suggested that the hitchBOT 2.0 should come with some weaponry so next time it would be able to defend itself, in case it planned a US trip again.
Clearly the only solution for @hitchBOT 2.0 is full offensive capabilities
— Matt Novak (@paleofuture) August 1, 2015
hitchBOT was a talking travel companion and a happy robot with a smiley face that would often tell the facts about the places to the people it travelled with. The hitchhiking robot hitchBOT was GPS enabled and took random photos every 20 minutes for documentation.
This is sad to see that even friendly robots are not safe here.
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