Self-driving Tesla hits and kills an autonomous robot at CES

Promobot

While it is being touted as a PR stunt, Promobot said that a bunch of robots were making their way to the booth around 7 PM.

The model v4 robot was unveiled at CES by a Russian company called Promobot that specializes in autonomous robot design. They perform the functions of administrators, promoters, hostesses, Museum guides, consultants, concierges, and many others. Just then, it was hit by a self-driving Tesla vehicle. Interestingly, the autonomous auto analyzed the impact too late and stopped some fifty meters from the accident spot.

First, Tesla cars do not have a "self-driving mode", but rather a driver-assist system, which leaves the driver in control of the vehicle. I switched this Tesla into a self-driving mode and it started to move. A robot on the track! I thought the flivver would come round, but it bumped straightly into it!

Putin met Promobot in 2017, when the robot shook his hand and made the following introduction: "Vladimir Vladimirovich, I am Promobot, an autonomous service robot for business. And my honest apologies to the engineers".


The crash knocked the robot onto its side and causing such "serious damage" to its body, head, arms and movement systems that it can not be put on display, Promobot said.

Despite Mr Caldera's apologies, Promobot's development director, Oleg Kivokurtsev, is absolutely fuming about the whole thing. One eagle-eyed viewer alleges that you can see the pull rope on the robot as it goes down in the black and white video, which, now that we mention it, was recorded by a camera installed in the street? Now it can not participate in the event or be recovered. A spokesperson for the company said that the robot was beyond fix and that there would be an internal investigation to find out how and why the bot was on the roadway.

Vigilant observers soon noticed, however, that the alleged incident ahead of the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show opening in Las Vegas may have been staged.

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