August 17, 2015
The hitchhiking robot known as hitchBOT may have met its demise in Philadelphia earlier this month, but 93.3 WMMR has created a new robot in anticipation of the pope's visit in September.
Pope Bot, a papal-inspired robot hitchhiker, set off Monday on his journey around the Delaware Valley.
"Hello, I’m Pope Bot," the robot says in its introduction online. "Inspired by my friend, #HitchBot, who sadly met his demise in Philadelphia, I am taking a journey around the Delaware Valley. The goal of my adventure is to prove to the Vatican that this area is a safe environment for the leader of the church. Plus, there is a prize each week for one person who gives me a lift!"
Pope Bot's journey can be followed on social media using #PopeBotPhilly. Hopefully, he will have more luck with the people of Philadelphia than his inspiration, hitchBOT.