Autonomous Robot Hit And ‘Killed’ By Self-Driving Tesla
If one of your fears is about intelligent robots taking over the entire world, then feat no more. Self-driving cars seem to not like them either and are taking them down.
On the flip side though, we might need to start preparing for the global take over by self-driving cars instead. They could just start hitting humans too.
This is honestly probably one of the most futuristic new stories ever. The driveless Telsa decided to strike the autonomous robot after the computerized victim took a journey into the road.
The incident occurred on Paradise Road, Las Vegas on Sunday night (January 6), as engineers carried a lot of the robots into a display booth before CES — a yearly trade show which advertises itself as the ‘global stage where next-generation inventions are introduced into the market.’
The robot who got struck was a v4 model from Promobot. It was part of a collection of ‘autonomous robot[s] designed for business purposes’, they actually cost about $2,999 a day to rent one.
The Promobot website reads:
It is able to communicate with people on any topic, recognize 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. [sic]
They perform the functions of administrators, promoters, hostesses, Museum guides, consultants, concierges, and many others.
The automobile was working in an autonomous manner, though in accordance with Mail Online, there was a passenger on board. The car continued driving another 50 metres after the injury before eventually coming to a halt. Following Sunday’s crash, the company revealed the creation was ‘killed’ on his way into the booth at about 7 pm, once the bot strayed from line and to the parking lot roadway at which it had been struck with a Tesla Model S.
Now, I am not saying for sure the robot’s are become self-aware and has been hoping to escape out of its lifetime as a smiling servant, however, I am only going to leave it for the consideration.
While I am fairly convinced in my concept, other people may think that the episode was an over-the-top PR stunt by the company — though it is unlikely Elon Musk understood anything about it. The crash does not exactly do much to foster the security of Tesla’s driverless automobiles.
Promobot explained, as the two futuristic creations collided the robot was tipped on to its side, causing ‘serious damage’ which is likely irreparable.
Since the crash, the bot was not able to be on display at the CES as several of its parts like body, head, arms and movement platform was completely destroyed.
According to the Mail Online, Oleg Kivokurtsev, Promobot’s Development Director, spoke about the incident, saying:
Of course we are vexed. We brought this robot here from Philadelphia to participate at CES.
Now it neither cannot participate in the event or be recovered.
We will conduct an internal investigation and find out why the robot went to the roadway.
Tesla passenger George Caldera explained:
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 straightly into the it! [sic] I am so sorry, the robot looks cute. And my sincere apologies to the engineers.