There’s a hitchhiker hitting the road this summer that you won’t be able to pass up. His name is hitchBOT and, after drivers do a double take from seeing a robot on the side of the road with his thumb in the air, they’ll stop for a what’s sure to be an unforgettable summer experience.
HitchBOT is the result of a collaborative project between Ryerson University and McMaster University in Ontario. equipped with artificial intelligence (AI) systems to recognize speech and can converse with the journey.
With the Wikipedia database in his memory, hitchBOT has enough knowledge to talk about the world.
HitchBot is also equipped with 3G connectivity, a GPS and a camera. The bot will ask drivers to plug it into the vehicles’ cigarette lighters charge the robot’s battery.
HitchBot’s cross country journey will begin on July 27th and will share the progress of its journey
As an experimental project, the researchers plan to put this cute little hitchBOT on the side of the road in Halifax, Nova Scotia and hope that robot can convince drivers to it to Victoria, capital city of British Columbia, Canada.
Once hitchBOT starts its journey, it will tweet its progress can follow on Twitter or at the bot’s website: hitchbot.me. You can also offer him a ride if you see him on the road.