Tesla has found itself involved in yet another self-driving car accident – and this time, its 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.
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.As it did, it was struck by a Tesla Model S operating in autonomous mode.The crash tipped the robot onto its side, causing ‘serious damage,’ Promobot says.Now, with parts of its body, head, arm mechanisms, and movement platform destroyed, it cannot be put on display.