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Hitchbot sits on the shoulder of Highway 102 to begin its 6,000-kilometre cross-country journey outside of Halifax on July 27, 2014. (PAUL DARROW/REUTERS)
Hitchbot sits on the shoulder of Highway 102 to begin its 6,000-kilometre cross-country journey outside of Halifax on July 27, 2014. (PAUL DARROW/REUTERS)

Hitchhiking robot takes a breather in Toronto on cross-country trek Add to ...

A talking robot hitchhiking its way across Canada is taking a rest in Toronto.

The Hitchbot left Halifax on July 26 for its 6,000-kilometre journey and is being tracked by Instagram and Twitter posts.

The latest Twitter update has Hitchbot in Toronto, where it is thanking a driver for “dropping me off with my family.”

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The tweet says the robot is taking a “botnap” before continuing.

Hitchbot has stopped at campgrounds in New Brunswick during its voyage and has attracted several rides from reporters curious about its story.

Voice recognition technology allows Hitchbot to interact with the people it meets along the way.

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

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