A Friendly Hitchhiking Robot Meets a Violent End in Philadelphia

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Farewell, sweet robot—you were too innocent for the savage roads of the U.S.A.

HitchBOT, a trashcan-shaped bot whose mission was to hitchhike around the world, has met its untimely end in Philadelphia. Canadian researchers made the mechanical freeloader as a social experiment to see how far drivers would carry it. The robot had crossed Canada on a 6,200-mile-plus trip, and traveled around Europe to crash a wedding in Germany, before meeting grave misfortune on...

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