A robot from Canada, named hitchBOT, is now touring Germany. Around 1.2 meters tall, it has a face lit up by LEDs and employs speech recognition technology.
Our reporter Christoph Hartmann picked up hitchBOT and took him for a ride through Hamburg.
A well-traveled HitchBOT robot will be on display at the Heinz Nixdorf Museum in Paderborn, Germany. HitchBOT traveled through Germany in 2015, visiting sites such as the Brandenburg Gate and Cologne's cathedral.
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