It’s no doubt that the Consumer Electronics Show 2019 (CES 2019) has been an exciting one at that. With a ton of tech being showcased… what could go wrong? On January 6, 2019, a self-driving Tesla Model S was caught on camera hitting and destroying a $2,000-per-day rentable humanoid robot manufactured by Promobot. The incident took place at 3000 Paradise Rd, Las Vegas.
In what is speculated as a PR stunt, Promobot had confirmed one of its model v4 robots was ‘killed’ by a Tesla Model S on the Las Vegas street ahead of CES.
According to the company, a number of robots were making their way to the booth, around 7 pm, when one of them moved into the parking lot roadway. The robot was then struck by a Tesla Model S operating in autonomous mode.
As further revealed by the company after the vehicle struck the robot, the robot tipped over onto its side causing damage to the head, body, arms and movement platforms. Due to the damage sustained, the company explained that the robot is likely irreparable.
In a statement to the media, 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 cannot participate in the event. We will conduct an internal investigation and find out why the robot went to the roadway.”
As revealed by the company, after the crash, the car continued to move and stopped fifty meters away from the accident. The passenger who was in the car while driving explained that he decided to try a self-driving mode (Full Self-Driving Capability) and chose an idle area for this test.
“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 straight into it! I am so sorry, the robot looks cute. And my sincere apologies to the engineers”, said George Caldera, a Tesla passenger.
As a result of the accident, an investigation is currently underway. The footage from the accident can be found below:
What is Promobot?
Promobot is an autonomous robot designed for business purposes. It is able to communicate with people on any topic, recognise faces, answer questions, move around avoiding obstacles, move its arms and head, show various materials on its display and integrate with third-party devices and systems.
To date, several hundred of our Promobot robots operate in 26 countries around the world. They perform the functions of administrators, promoters, hostesses, Museum guides, consultants, concierges and many others in various crowded places such as banks, shopping centres, museums, housing complexes, business centres and many others.