Armed with little more than a primitive ability to beg for rides, a Canadian robot aiming to hitchhike from Halifax to Victoria has already made it to the Quebec border in its first 24 hours.
Now, hitchBOT — a device constructed from a plastic bucket, solar panels and a tablet computer — only needs to cover the remaining 5,600 kilometres without being smashed, stolen or dismantled.
“We are asking the question whether robots can trust human beings — and should hitchBOT arrive in Victoria, in all its parts, this would show that ‘yes, they can,’” said Frauke Zeller, an assistant professor at Ryerson University in Toronto and one of the robot’s creators.
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