Did a Russian Robotics Company Fake This Tesla-Robot Crash?
Last Saturday a company which rents promotional robots claimed that considered one of their robots broke loose from a line of robots, simplest to be hit by way of a self-driving Tesla.
Though video of the incident has now been considered over 1.2 million occasions, Wired adopted up at the corporate’s declare that “Nevada police” had been investigating the incident.
Or were not. Aden Ocampo Gomez, a public knowledge officer with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, mentioned he could not in finding any report of such an incident. And anyway, he says, “We don’t report to that kind of incident on private property.”
Wired additionally challenged Promobot’s declare that their robotic was once hit by way of “a self-driving Tesla car”:
Teslas shouldn’t have a “full self-driving” mode. Autopilot, the automaker’s semiautonomous machine, is made for highways, now not one of these personal highway proven in a video of the alleged crash printed by way of the robotics corporate. Promobot turns out to start out falling over simply a second prior to the automobile will get to it. And that video seems to turn a rope snaking clear of the incident — the type which may be used, say, to drag down a robotic that hadn’t been hit by way of a automobile in any respect.
When Wired contacted the corporate for a remark, they did not reply.
The corporate’s press free up additionally claims that once the collision “most likely there is no way to restore” their robotic — and but the Daily Dot studies Promobot “does now not intend to pursue reparations”.