The spokesman explained that the robot can be programmed for various tasks in the assembly process; in particular, the machine is programed to grab auto parts and manipulate them when operating in a restricted area of the plant.
Perhaps assuaging premature fears of an impending A.I. apocalypse, Hillwig said that the company believes that the tragedy took place due to human error.
According to him, another contractor was present when the incident occurred, but he was not harmed.
Although an investigation into the matter is already under way, prosecutors are still determining whether charges should be filed, and if so, against whom.
Some sources said that in case criminal charges are not filed, Volkswagen may face a massive lawsuit from the family of the late contractor, whose Meissen-based company had built the machine for the automaker.