Hitchhiking robot enters final leg of its Halifax to Victoria journey

KELOWNA, B.C. — The Wellie-wearing, social-media-savvy robot that’s been hitching a ride from Canadians is nearing the end of its Halifax-to-Victoria adventure.

Its creators say the last time it checked in, Hitchbot was passing through Kelowna, B.C., on its way to the Open Space art centre on Vancouver Island.

Hitchbot kicked off its more than 6,000-kilometre summer journey from Halifax more than two weeks ago.

Along the way the chatty robot has been camping in New Brunswick, attended a First Nations powwow on Manitoulin Island in Ontario and even crashed a wedding in Golden, B.C.

It has kept track of its adventures on social media, where tens of thousands of fans follow its Twitter, Facebook and Instagram updates.

Hitchbot is the brainchild of a group of Ontario-based communications researchers.

The project is part of a study investigating trust between human beings and technology.

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