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Machine Kills Machine: A Speeding Autonomous Tesla Knocks Off A Humanoid Robot Standing On Its Way

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Indiatimes
10th January, 2019 08:38 IST

Get set for the world to be a lot weirder as autonomous technology makes its way to almost everything. Don’t believe it? Get this, a Tesla Model S running in autonomous mode is now being blamed for running over a humanoid robot.

Yes, you read that right. A machine driving by itself, hit a machine walking by itself. The victim here was a $2,000-per-day rented humanoid model v4 robot by Promobot, which got separated from a bunch of other humanoids and somehow reached the parking lot roadway.


The mishap took place on Paradise Rd on Sunday night as an autonomous Tesla Model S made its way through the same roadway, knocking over the robot on its way. It continued driving another 50 meters after the accident and then finally came to a stop.

George Caldera, passenger in the Tesla recalls, “I thought the flivver would come around, but it bumped straightly into the it!” Promobot mentioned the damage, “The crash tipped the robot onto its side, causing serious damage”. It also says that the damage is likely irreparable, with parts of its body, head, arm mechanisms, and movement platform destroyed.

Tesla Model S knocking down a Promobot (Promobot/ YouTube)

The humanoid had been flown in from Philadelphia to participate at CES 2019. It cannot be put on display now anymore though. However, the company aims to find out how the robot reached the roadway far from its group. An internal investigation will be carried out for this.

That is exactly the kind of happenings you can expect at the world’s biggest get together of technological innovations. The CES will be going on till January 11th and you can look at this space for all the latest updates straight from Las Vegas.

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