Once again, Tesla has found itself involved in self-driving car accident. According to the Daily Mail, the victim was a $2,000-per-day rentable humanoid robot. The accident happened on Sunday night on Paradise Road in Las Vegas, ahead of Consumer Electronics Show (CES), when engineers of Promobot were transporting the company’s new model v4 robots to the display booth.
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. One of the units stepped out of line and made its way to parking lot roadway. It was hit by an oncoming Tesla Model S operating in self-driving mode, tipping the robot onto its side and causing ‘serious damage.’ Parts of its body including the head, arm mechanisms, and movement platform were destroyed and were claimed to be irreparable.
Oleg Kivokurtsev, Promobot’s Development Director said, “Of course we are vexed. We brought this robot here from Philadelphia to participate at CES. Now it neither can participate in the event or be recovered. We will conduct an internal investigation and find out why the robot went to the roadway.”
While this is one bizarre incident, it has lead people to think that it could be just a PR stunt. Having said that, the Tesla that was involved in the collision was operating autonomously and had a passenger inside.
According to the passenger, “There was nobody there, no men, no cars.‘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 it! I am so sorry, the robot looks cute. And my sincere apologies to the engineers.”