Video: Self-driving Tesla strikes and ‘kills’ autonomous robot
In something that could be a harbinger of the future, or a bizarre science fiction story, another Tesla in self-driving mode has been in an accident. This time however it struck a humanoid robot.
Promobot, which rents out the humanoid robots for $2000 a day said the incident occurred Sunday evening in Las Vegas as engineers were transporting several of their robots to a display booth in a convention center. During the transport one of the robots (a rogue perhaps?) stepped out of line and into the road. It was then struck by a Tesla Model S operating in autonomous mode.
The robot was destroyed.
“Of course we are vexed,’ said Oleg Kivokurtsev, Promobot’s Development Director. “We brought this robot here from Philadelphia to participate at CES. Now it neither cannot participate in the event or be recovered.
“We will conduct an internal investigation and find out why the robot went to the roadway.”
CES is the annual Consumer Electronics Show, one of the largest in the world.
The Tesla continued for another 150 feet before stopping. There was a passenger in the vehicle.
“There was nobody there, no men, no cars,’ said George Caldera, a Tesla passenger. “I switched this Tesla into a self-driving mode and it started to move. And wow! A robot on the track!
“I thought the flivver would come round, but it bumped straightly into the it! I am so sorry, the robot looks cute. And my sincere apologies to the engineers.”
Las Vegas police did show up to investigate but no charges have been filed.