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In Photos: Hitchhiking Robot Embarks on Cross-Canada Journey

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Canada's hitch hiking robot is ready to hit the road. (Image credit: hitchBOT | Instagram)

The journey begins

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(Image credit: hitchBOT | Instagram)

Meet hitchBOT, the hitchhiking robot that will trek across Canada from the East Coast to the West Coast, relying on the kindness of strangers alone. HitchBOT was conceived by researchers as an experiment to explore human kindness and artificial intelligence.

Halifax, Nova Scotia

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(Image credit: hitchBOT | Instagram)

hitchBOT lands in Halifax, Nova Scotia, ready to begin his 3,700-miles (6,000 kilometers) journey. The robot is armed with Wellington rain boots, a 3G network and a charming personality.

The first ride

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(Image credit: hitchBOT | http://www.hitchbot.me)

hitchBOT finds his first ride and begins the first leg of the journey across Canada, from Nova Scotia to British Columbia.

Blue Heron, New Brunswick

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(Image credit: hitchBOT | Instagram)

hitchBOT hanging out in Blue Heron, New Brunswick, for a quick rest before continuing on his journey.

A long way to go

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(Image credit: hitchBOT | Instagram)

hitchBOT mapped out his progress for his Instagram followers. The map shows how far he has traveled so far.

Bound for Toronto, Ontario

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(Image credit: hitchBOT | Instagram)

hitchBOT shows off his LED-screen face as he hitches a ride to Toronto, Ontario.

Wiarton, Bruce County, Ontario

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(Image credit: hitchBOT | Instagram)

hitchBOT reaches Wiarton, a town in Bruce County, Ontario, and meets a statue of Wiarton Willie, the town groundhog.

Wikwemikong, Ontario

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(Image credit: hitchBOT | http://www.hitchbot.me)

Here's what Wikwemikong Indian Reserve looks like from hitchBOT's perspective. The robot was welcomed warmly and given the Anishinaabe name Biiaabkookwe.