Hitchhiking Can Be Dangerous. Even for Robots.

What does HitchBOT's fate tell us about humans and robots?

Cross-country or bust turned out to be literal.

Photographer: Sven Hoppe/AFP/Getty Images

So who killed hitchBOT? The friendly hitchhiking robot made it across Germany, the Netherlands and Canada with nary a scratch, its treks followed by children and technology enthusiasts worldwide. Alas, the U.S. proved less welcoming: This past weekend, hitchBOT was wrecked -- in the City of Brotherly Love.

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