Published: Thu, January 10, 2019
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Tesla Car Hits and Destroys Autonomous ‘Promobot’ Robot At CES

Tesla Car Hits and Destroys Autonomous ‘Promobot’ Robot At CES

According to media reports, the accident occurred in a parking lot as engineers were transporting robots to a display booth.

While the world's largest (and some of its smallest) tech companies were inside showing off the latest and greatest in innovative electronics, there was a tragedy unfolding outside of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2019 in Las Vegas.

Apparently, the Tesla Model S, which had a passenger on board, stopped around fifty metres further on.

The Tesla auto continued moving in spite of the impact and only stopped some fifty meters away from the accident.

Promobot has released a video in which it claims one of its autonomous robots was "killed" by a Tesla "under a full self-driving mode".

The argument that this is nothing more than a blatant, albeit endearing, PR stunt on behalf of the Russian robot company is emboldened by the following.

Once the robot was struck by the Tesla, however, parts of it were destroyed, the company says, meaning it is likely irreparable.


The passenger, George Caldera, who was in the vehicle at that time, said that he was trying out the self-driving mode (Full Self-Driving Capability mode) and made a decision to test it in an empty area.

"Of course we are vexed", Oleg Kivokurtsev, Promobot's Development Director, said of the incident.

'I switched this Tesla into a self-driving mode and it started to move. We brought this robot here from Philadelphia to participate at CES. And wow! A robot on the track! Now it neither can participate in the event or be recovered. I thought the flivver would come round, but it bumped straightly into it!

We have to say, the hit looks more like a gentle knock and from the video, the robot itself doesn't appear to be too damaged.

'We will conduct an internal investigation and find out why the robot went to the roadway'. "And my honest apologies to the engineers".

Las Vegas police did show up to investigate but no charges have been filed.

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