Hitchhiking Robot hitchBOT's Journey Cut Short in Philadelphia

Something not so nice happened in the City of Brotherly Love.

August 03, 2015, 11:32 AM

— -- A Canadian robot hitchhiking across the United States had its journey cut short in Philadelphia after its arms were ripped off and it was left on the ground.

The child-sized hitchBOT can snap photos and carry on limited conversations. Created as a social experiment by Canadian researchers, the robot had previously hitchhiked across Canada and parts of Europe with its owners tracking it via GPS.

Oh dear, my body was damaged, but I live on with all my friends. Sometimes bad things happen to good robots! #hitchBOTinUSA

— hitchBOT (@hitchBOT) August 1, 2015

That all came to an end this past weekend when hitchBOT sent back a macabre photo showing it had been destroyed.

"Sadly, sadly it's come to an end," Frauke Zeller, one of its co-creators, told the Associated Press.

The robot was two weeks into its journey to hitchhike from the East Coast to San Francisco when it met its demise in the City of Brotherly Love.

During its American road trip, hitchBOT took in a Boston Red Sox game, briefly went to sea and enjoyed the sights in Boston.

It's unknown who was responsible for destroying the robot.

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