Hitchbot, the hitchhiking robot, won't be arriving in San Francisco as planned at the end of its cross-country journey. The machine was vandalized and destroyed in Philadelphia just a couple weeks after beginning the trip.
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 tra
Using the Internet to share a ride is not new at all and we've found another system to help you share a car if you use Facebook. There's a new Facebook application developed by Peugeot called EcoSharing and it allows Facebook users to get in touch to share a ride, either by offering a seat on a car or looking for one. According to Peugeot, EcoSharing offers a very intuitive interface that will easily allow Facebookers to share rides. This initiative belongs to Peugeot's Blue Lion environmental p
Hitchhiking is a very simple way to share a ride and, sometimes, share gasoline expenses and reduce carbon emissions. In the Netherlands and Belgium there are even some organized hitchhiking centers, where both car drivers and carless people register and meet to share a ride. Well, the same concept has arrived online in various places (see also Zimride and Carticipate), but it's web-based now and it's called Roadsharing. The website works in a very simple way to hitchhikers and drivers in contac