Okay, so I had no idea that there was a Canadian project created hitchhiking robot depending on the kindness of strangers to travel across the globe.
I fault my newsfeed for not sharing this info with me (Google News, I’m looking at YOU).
Apparently, after Hitchbot had successfully travelled across Canada and parts of Europe, it was determined that the next trip should be a trek in the US starting in the east coast and heading out to California.
The trip started well enough in Boston and Hitchbot made its way to NYC. However, poor Hitchbot fell victim to possible anti-Robot criminal activity in Philadelphia. Details about what went down here, and here.
This certainly doesn’t make the US look good or safe for vulnerable travelers to 1st world countries. We better hope some superior alien race doesn’t send a cute robotic emissary as a test of our integrity anytime soon if we don’t want an intergalactic war on our hands.