Only two weeks into an attempt to travel across the United States, the friendly hitchhiking robot’s journey has ended in Philadelphia after being beaten to a pulp.
HitchBOT, who was created by a team of communication researchers from Ontario, was found damaged beyond repair early Saturday in the city of brotherly love.
“Sadly, sadly it’s come to an end,” Frauke Zeller, one of HitchBOT’s co-creators told the Associated Press.
The robot set out to travel cross-country after successfullyhitchhiking across Canada in 26 days last year and parts of Europe
The kid-size robot was immobile on its own and relied on the kindness of strangers to pick it up and pass it on to other travelers.
It’s unclear who destroyed it or why.