How the Hitchbot Robot Hitchhiked Across Canada

Great Big Story shared the story of Hitchbot the hitchhiking robot, and how it managed to work its way across Canada from Halifax to Victoria relying only on the kindness of strangers. The bot was created by Frauke Zeller and David Harris Smith, and it made its cross-country trip in less than a month back in 2014.

In 2014, a plucky robot called Hitchbot took a chance on people and hit the road with one thumb in the air. That’s right, this hitchhiking robot managed to bum a ride from Halifax, Nova Scotia to Victoria, British Columbia in under a month, all thanks to the kindness of strangers. The masterminds behind the project wanted to flip an old idea—a fear—on its head. We’ll let them tell you how Hitchbot hit the road.