Meet HitchBOT, the robot that's thumbing its way across Canada

The hitchhiking robot is part of a social experiment to see if drivers will transport the robot (safely) to an art gallery in Victoria, British Columbia.

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An anthropomorphic robot, aptly named hitchBOT, is hitchhiking across Canada. Although, to be fair, it’s far more "hitch" than "hike".

The robot is part of a social experiment to see if strangers will help hitchBOT complete its 3,700 mile journey from Halifax to Victoria, British Columbia.

Now at the halfway point, here are some photos from its journey so far.

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The journey starts here

Dr. Frauke Zeller (L) and Dr. David Smith (R) kick off their project, placing hitchBOT onto the shoulder of Highway 102 outside of Halifax, Nova Scotia, July 27, 2014. 

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HitchBOT waits for its first ride

Just watching the cars go by.

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Going my way?

Anne Saulnier and her husband Brian prepare to give hitchBOT a ride, July 27, 2014.


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Getting a lift

HitchBOT requires more assistance than your typical hitchhiker.

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Buckle up for safety

Anne Saulnier watches as her husband Brian buckles hitchBOT into his backseat perch.

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Taking in the sights

Now at the halfway point in its journey, the hitchBOT sits at Harmony Beach, north of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario August 5, 2014.

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Gawkers

Beach-goers examine hitchBOT at Harmony Beach

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The next leg

HitchBOT is seen with Belgian tourists Kim Van Aerde (L) and Seb Leeson (R) in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario August 5, 2014. The two will drive the robot west of Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. Canada along the Trans-Canada Highway. Picture taken August 5, 2014.

You can keep up with hitchBOT's progress on the project's website, its Facebook page, and Twitter.