Last Saturday a firm which rents promotional robots claimed that one of their robots broke free from a line of robots, only to be hit by a self-driving Tesla.
Though video of the incident has now been viewed over 1.2 million times, Wired followed up on the company’s claim that “Nevada police” were investigating the incident.
Or weren’t. Aden Ocampo Gomez, a public information officer with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, said he couldn’t find any record of such an incident. And anyway, he says, “We don’t report to that kind of incident on private property.”
Wired also challenged Promobot’s claim that their robot was hit by “a self-driving Tesla car”:
Teslas don’t have a “full self-driving” mode. Autopilot, the automaker’s semiautonomous system, is made for highways, not the sort of private road shown in a video of the alleged crash published by the robotics company. Promobot seems to start falling over just a moment before the car gets to it. And that video appears to show a rope snaking away from the incident — the sort that could be used, say, to pull down a robot that hadn’t been hit by a car at all.
When Wired contacted the company for a comment, they didn’t respond.
The company’s press release also claims that after the collision “most likely there is no way to restore” their robot — and yet the Daily Dot reports Promobot “does not intend to pursue reparations”.
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