Hitch-hiking in the USA can be dangerous if you are a robot

Every hitch-hiker knows that the USA is not the easiest country for hitch-hiking.

It can even be dangerous if you are a robot.

Recently, hitchBOT, a Canadian hitch-hiking robot was vandalized beyond repair in Philadelphia.

Earlier, the robot performed successful travels in Canada and Germany.

In Canada, the robot covered more than 10,000 kilometres within 21 days, having a lot of fun and adventures on his way, including attending a wedding and meeting some of Canada’s First Nations.

In the USA, however, within two weeks the robot managed to travel only 300 miles.

For some strange reason, Americans rarely give rides not only to human hitch-hikers but also to robots.

Finally, poor hitchBOT fell victim to anti-robotism. Or, maybe, anti-hitch-hiking-ism? Or anti-robot-hitch-hiking-ism?

I really wonder why those people killed such a wonderful and harmless creature.

Some extracts from the comments about the accident on the hitchBOT’s facebook page:

Wow. All the way across Canada, toured through parts of Europe, and only managed two weeks in the US before being vandalized.


I, too, am a Canadian who was attacked while visiting Philadelphia – mugged by 2 huge men and a girl. hitchBOT, you were such a gentle little soul with such a big heart and we will always love you and be so very proud of you here in Canada. You have brought much happiness to the world and may God bless you for your many acts of human kindness …


Human beings really just make me shake my head sometimes…


Come to New Zealand when you are better hitchBOT. We would love to see you here.


So sad. I hate being pessimistic, but as soon as I heard you were going to the States I had a feeling that something like this would happen. Get well soon Hitchbot.


hitchBot, You were born out of Humanity, You grew and learned when you traveled, Many you met, Many you touch the hearts of, You were not created to intimidate but to learn, Learn about the world that created you, so many hearts you touched, so many hearts you touched, a New journey you began, In the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave, Never believing a Country who thought like that would do you harm, Travels took you through areas where our Country was founded, fought and died for, Travels took you through some good, some bad places, Never were you a threat, then, One fateful day a Kind Person dropped you off where Our Countries founding Fathers signed our Countries Declaration to be a Free Nation, so much Blood spilled to be Free, to be Free from the Rule of Kings, A place once in the Middle of a Civil War, Brother against Brother, blood spilled for what, Now, it’s sort of Ironic that this location, the Birth of our Nation, The City known as The City of Brotherly Love, Became the place of your Demise, Your Death was not in vein, No no, For we “Humans” in this Nation who believe we are mostly a peaceful people, have seen the TRUTH, You showed US we have a long way to go, A long way to go before we do not assault the defenseless, the innocent, the ones who REALLY need our help to get around, You showed US how much we feel for the helpless, Your Death is proof of what we can do for OUR own Species if we choose to, Your SOUL was our HOPE and ability to CARE, Your SOUL was the KINDNESS in Humanity, although only a machine Your SOUL was that of GOOD People, the Death of Your SOUL was the EVIL that Lurks in ALL of Humanity, Your Death reminded US that although we ALL as Humans have this thing inside of US – Not All of US, just a few choose to let it out…………..

… etc — thousands of comments

Published in: on 04/08/2015 at 00:14  Comments (1)  

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  1. When they hitch-hike in the U.S. jackrabbits have it just as rough as poor hitch-BOT…


    Yours truly ~

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