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Video: Robot Hitchhikes Across Canada

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Elizabeth M
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Elizabeth M   9/3/2014 5:00:00 AM
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Well, I don't blame you, ScotCan, I always found my Canadian friends to be generally more easy going and less paranoid than those of us in the good old U.S. of A. I took off to live in Europe five years ago, so these days I have a bit of an identity crisis, I think!

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ScotCan   8/30/2014 2:37:32 PM
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Can't resist this!

Whimsical Canadians eh? Can't be blamed for that living next door to the US of A you'd need a large dose of whimsy to get through the day since you don't know what the giant next door is going to do next!   Canadians also have a highly developed sense of humour, again needed when living next door to the US of A. We also feel your pain where beer is concerned.

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Ratsky   8/26/2014 11:23:15 AM
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98% of the time Uber finds you a car/driver very close by (Uber app has to be set to use your GPS location).  Even in sparsely covered places (like some neighborhoods in Brooklyn) I've rarely had to wait more than 5 minutes.  The app also shows you the car location and the progress towards the pickup point, so you're aware of what is going on traffic-wise.  I'm a big fan of their service; when I'm in NYC I use them an average of 4-5 times a day. It beats renting a car as you don't have to find a parking space (or pay big $ for a lot),

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fdos   8/26/2014 11:06:50 AM
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@ratsky: Well you have a point but what I do not understand is how does it operate as it its being said in heavy traffic ? 

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Ratsky   8/26/2014 9:20:28 AM
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I'm a "speed walker" (avearage 4mph) and have to do some REAL bobbing and weaving just to not run people over even in Manhattan!  The problem with taxis in Times Square area is you have to be on a main street (avenue preferred) to even have a chance at getting one.  With Uber, you can get on a side street a couple of blocks from the gridlock and have one come to you!  That app was MADE for NYC!

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Elizabeth M   8/26/2014 5:49:44 AM
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Yes, I'm sure hitchBOT got a lot of laughs along the way, Cadman-LT. Perhaps this is a good way to get people used to interacting with robots. Humor relaxes people and makes it easier for them to deal with unfamiliar situations with ease.

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Elizabeth M   8/26/2014 5:47:11 AM
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Indeed, Canada seemed to be the place to do it for sure. I think Canadians also have a sense of whimsy that people in other countries might not have, which would also make them more readily accept a project like this and respect it!

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Elizabeth M   8/26/2014 5:30:35 AM
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Ha, yes, but even sometimes taxis don't get you far in Times Square, Ratsky, if the traffic is thick. When I lived in NYC I used to just bob and weave among the tourists on foot to get through!

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Elizabeth M   8/25/2014 8:25:23 AM
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Thanks, mrdon. I have seen some of that work out of MIT, but will check it out further using your link. Like I said before, human-robot interaction is the future, so we'd better get used to it!

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NadineJ   8/24/2014 6:05:40 PM
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Trying this in Canada seems smart.  I don't know how hitchbot would be received in the US or other countries were terrorism has recently occurred.

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