Company Claims Self-Driving Tesla Hit And 'Killed' One Of Its Autonomous Robots At CES In Las Vegas

January 8, 2019

This is some questionable 'security cam' footage from the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas of an alleged self-driving Tesla hitting and 'killing' a $2,000/day rentable autonomous humanoid robot from Promobot. Some more info before we get to the bottom of this and start pointing fingers and yelling obscenities:

The accident occurred on Paradise Rd Sunday night as engineers transported the firm's robots to the display booth.

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.

The firm says the damage is likely irreparable.

Some are saying this was all just a publicity stunt orchestrated by Promobot, and I'm tempted to agree. For one, where the hell are the other robots and why is this one just chilling in the street by itself with nobody around? For two, I fail to believe the Tesla wouldn't avoid such a large non-moving obstacle (and why is the car hugging the left side of the road if it wasn't intentionally being driven over there?). For three, in the video it looks like you can see some sort of rope around the tree behind the robot, which could have been used to pull the turd over as the car passed. The only thing I don't understand is that if this was a publicity stunt, what did Promobot accomplish besides proving that if one of their robots falls over it's basically going to Humpty Dumpy and be rendered "likely irreparable?" That does not sound like the sort of robot I'd be willing to spend $2,000/day to rent, especially without any sex features.

Keep going for the video.

Thanks to Jenness, who agrees Promobot would have gotten away with it too if it weren't for you meddling kids.

  • Jack Wild


  • agrecalypse

    You can see it moving before the car reaches it almost as soon as the car enters the shot.

  • Nicholas Conrad

    Good! If we can keep them fighting each other long enough, maybe we'll stand a chance, or at least get to keep our jobs for a while.

  • Tigerh8r

    THANK YOU! My takeaway on this was that it's great news, the Robots are going to fight each other before they destroy us!

  • Sandy Dmyterko

    Johnny 5 is not ALIVE!

  • Draco Basileus

    I kept waiting for Wile E Coyote to pop out afterwards with the rope in his hands.

    Robot starts to move just a fraction of a second before the car "hits" it. Fake AF.

  • Jenness

    I loved the guy at the end. I would have liked more of the holding his hat and angered fist up at the sky in righteous indignation though.

  • Bling Nye

    Fake AF. Someone needs some physics lessons on object collision. It's one thing you can actually see the rope attached to the arm pull it over, it's something else to think it would move/fall in such a manner with a collision.

    But if it's a viral marketing attempt, it seems to be working.

    Although it makes the product look like shit and the people pushing it like shitty people. So... winning?

    Also, best comment on the youtube video, "Tesla car had adblock software installed...." lol

    In a weird tin-foil hat twist, that company is Russian... who wants to bet that this video is a means for them to collect data on accounts that comment on the video? Easier to target rubes that believe it and not waste time on those that call it fake... Also a way to refine the "fakeness" factor and figure out what the "believable/unbelievable" threshold is for a majority...

  • Douchy McDouche

    "one of them stepped out of line"
    Dumbass thought he was Johnny 5 and shit.

  • Andyman7714

    So that guy is running out from behind the "security" camera?

  • Wooder

    Its fake. If the car hit it then the robot would spin or show some force as a result.

    Someone's trying to get a new robot for Xmas and the guy who helped it just happened to be there watching...

  • Ollie Williams

    Veeerrry fishy.

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