Jan 16, 2019

Robot apparently hit by Tesla on Autopilot – only it isn’t

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The electric car, a Tesla Model S, apparently hits a stray robot. The event is captured on video and the Russian firm that released it claims the Tesla was in self-driving mode aka Autopilot. So far so funny but what has really happened?

In what is now widely suspected to be a PR stunt by a company called Promobot, a video was released showing a weirdly static, but apparently stray robot on the side of an entry road into the CES carpark. A Tesla Model S drives past – very close – and the robot falls over. A man runs from the rough direction of the video to the side of the robot and appears to be establishing damage to the bot.

This PR stunt earned a lot of funny headlines, but shouldn’t be taken for more than that.

driving.co

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Found on electrive.com
https://www.electrive.com/2019/01/16/robot-apparently-hit-by-self-driving-car-only-it-isnt/
16.01.2019 07:26