There’s a robot making its way across Canada right now. It’s not very advanced — just a Nexus tablet attached to an Arduino, really. Yet it’s already made its way from Halifax to Toronto in about a week, and stands a good chance of making it to British Columbia before long. That’s because its most powerful feature is its cuteness.

HitchBot was designed by Professors David Harris Smith and Frauke Zeller to see how humans would interact with a robot in an unstructured real-world setting. Zeller half-jokingly says they’re testing whether robots can trust human beings. It looks sort of like a gum-ball machine with a bright LED smile and yellow rubber boots. If you talk to it, it’ll ask you for a lift, and maybe to bum a charge off your car’s cigarette lighter. So far, people are eager to help it out.