Robot ‘run down by self-driving car’

Robot ‘run down by self-driving car’

The robots were instructed to walk in a line but one Promobot chose to activate its "autonomous" nature, strayed from the group and reached the roadway.

An apparent hit-and-run in Las Vegas caught on video seems to show what could be a first-of-its-kind traffic fatality: an autonomous robot struck and allegedly "killed" by a self-driving Tesla.

According to Promobot, a number of robots were making their way to the booth around 7 p.m. when one of them stepped out of line and into the parking lot roadway. It looks as though the Tesla drives past the robot, who then seizes the opportunity to take a dive - perhaps looking for a fat compo pay out?

As it did, it was struck by a Tesla Model S operating in autonomous mode.

The robot suffered some serious damage, as parts of its body, head, arm mechanisms, and movement platform were completely destroyed. Unfortunately, there is no way the robot will be restored at the moment, so we will not get to see it take part in the exhibition.

"And that video appears to show a rope snaking away from the incident - the sort that could be used, say, to pull down a robot that hadn't been hit by a auto at all", the outlet added.

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A second video shared by the eponymous company showed an unmarked vehicle with flashing blue and red lights allegedly inspecting the site of the "incident".

Tesla hasn't yet responded to a request to comment the incident.

When questioned, Caldera said, "There was nobody there, no men, no cars".

Promobot's Development director said that an internal investigation will be conducted as to how the impacted robot reached the roadway. And wow! A robot on the track! Now it neither can not participate in the event or be recovered. I thought the flivver would come round, but it bumped straightly into it! I am so sorry, the robot looks cute.

Tech The Lead is now at CES and we will be speaking to Promobot: we promise to find out if there's any hope of recovery for the adventurous robot, and more. "And my honest apologies to the engineers".

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