There was a time when people actually thought it was safe to pick up hitchhikers and would totally give them a lift without a second thought. These days, possibly due to horror movies like The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and The Hitcher, thumbing a ride is painted as a prime way to get yourself killed. However, a robot doesn't have to worry about such a violent fate. The Hitchbot in Canada recently completed its month-long journey hitching from Halifax, Nova Scotia, to Victoria, British Columbia traveling mostly along the Trans-Canada Highway. The bot arrived on schedule at its final destination on August 21.
Hitchbot is the product of Canadian researchers interested in human-robot interaction and testing artificial intelligence and speech recognition tech. That's right, the robot can actually talk to its driver while underway. The whole thing was traceable online thanks to the bot's GPS and 3G connection, and fans could even watch Hitchbot's travels on the project's website, Twitter and Facebook.
According to Visor Down, the Hitchbot made it over 3,700 miles across Canada since setting off in July, and its drivers have been quite courteous. Scroll down to watch a video explaining a little more about Hitchbot and its odyssey across The Great White North.