All hitchBOT wanted to do was see the world, but the robot’s travels were cut short when it was vandalised and ultimately destroyed upon reaching Philadelphia after only 2 weeks travelling in the states.
The bot had already successfully travelled through Canada, The Netherlands, and Germany “without incident,” CityPaper reports.
It’s a sad story.
hitchBOT, which started in Canada, was an awesome experiment. The robot was unleashed, depending on the kindness of others to “to pick it up, drive it a distance, and drop it off, leaving the intelligent machine to be picked up by other science-minded folks.”
The robot made lots of friends and fans along the way. Its Instagram account has about 18,000 followers, and his Facebook page has about 80,000 fans. People were encouraged to upload photos of hitchBOT if they encountered the travelling robot. Kids especially loved it.
It was on Facebook when fans learned of the sad news. “Oh dear, my body was damaged, but I live on back home and with all my friends,” the post reads. “I guess sometimes bad things happen to good robots! My trip must come to an end for now, but my love for humans will never fade. Thank you to all my friends.”
The designers are hopeful this is not the absolute end of hitchBOT.
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