Driving with Strangers reviewed in the TLS

In 2013, two Canadian researchers created a GPS-enabled robot as part of an experiment designed to capture its real-world, uncontrolled interactions with humans. Sporting galoshes, a smiling humanoid face on an illuminated LED screen and a rudimentary capacity for passenger-seat small talk, the child-sized hitchBOT got around by copping roadside lifts and relying entirely on its hosts to see it safely through to the next waypoint.