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Tuesday, 09 October 2018 22:25

Subaru Destroys 293 Ascent SUVs After Coding Error Leads to Unsafe Cars

Written by Jessica Miley, Interesting Engineering
Subaru Destroys 293 Ascent SUVs After Coding Error Leads to Unsafe Cars Debs/Flickr

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In the 1980s when GM began a major push to automate its car assembly lines to stand a chance against its Japanese competitors, the new robots in the paint shop turned on each other rather than the cars in front of them.

 

GM didn’t get off with just the one instance; robots responsible for fitting windscreens reportedly liked to smash them up instead, and in a case similar to Subaru, the spot welding robots began welding doors shut rather than their hinges.

 

Even Tesla CEO Elon Musk admits that having robots isn’t always the best solution. In an interview earlier this year, he admitted that sometimes the robots slow down production rather than make it quicker.

 

Via: Safety Recall Report/Subaru

 

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