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Canadian Robot to Hitchhike Across Country Without Human Supervision

A Canadian-made robot plans to attempt to hitchhike across the country without supervision from its human creators.

Conceived in Ontario from the minds of Dr. David Smith of McMaster University and Dr. Frauke Zeller of Ryerson University, hitchBOT is “a free-spirited robot who wants to explore Canada and meet new friends along the way.” He’s going to make the trek like any human hitchhiker would starting July 27—but there’s no guarantee of his survival; humans can, of course, choose to ignore him or in theory even destroy him.

“I’m quite nervous because I’ll be hitchhiking alone. My journey’s success is reliant on those kind-hearted souls that I’ll hopefully meet along the way,” hitchBOT explains. “I’ll need to consider what to pack and where to go to recharge after a long day. Of course, I’ll also need to consider how to interact with locals.”

HitchBOT will be blogging, tweeting, and instagramming his adventure.