Tesla on Friday unveiled a prototype humanoid robot that could be a future product for the automaker.
The robot, christened Optimus by Tesla, walked stiffly onto the stage tesla’s ai day, slowly waved to the crowd and gestured with his hands for about a minute. Tesla boss Elon Musk said that the robot would operate without a tether for the first time. Robotics developers often use ropes to support robots because of their inability to walk without falling and damaging themselves.
The Optimus’ capabilities appear to fall well short of what robots from competitors like Hyundai-owned Boston Dynamics are capable of. Robots from Boston Dynamics were observed doing this Backflip and demanding performance dance routines without a leash.
“The robot can actually do a lot more than we just showed you,” Musk said at the event. “We just didn’t want it to fall on its face.”
Tesla also shared videos of his robot performing simple tasks like carrying boxes and watering plants with a watering can.
Musk claimed that if the robot were mass-produced, it would “probably” cost less than $20,000. Tesla retains this advantage of Optimus over rivals will be the ability to navigate independently using technology developed from Tesla’s Full Self-Driving system, as well as cost savings from what it’s learned about manufacturing from its automotive division. (Tesla’s “Full Self-Driving” requires an alert and alert individual who is ready to take over at all times, since they are not yet capable of full self-driving.)
Tesla has a history of aggressive pricing targets that it ultimately fails to meet. The Tesla Model 3 was long promised as a $35,000 vehicle but was only available for purchase for that price very briefly and not directly on its website. The cheapest Tesla Model 3 now costs $46,990. When Tesla revealed that Cybertruck In 2019, the pickup truck, which is no longer available today, reportedly cost $39,990, but the price has since been removed from Tesla’s website.
Tesla AI Day is primarily intended as a recruiting event to attract talented employees to the company.
Musk claimed the robot could transform civilization. The robot shown on Friday, despite its limitations, was significantly ahead of its competitors, which Tesla revealed a year ago when a person in a robotic suit jumped onto the stage and danced around.
“Last year was just one person in a robot suit,” Musk said before the robot took the stage. “We’ve come a long way. It’s going to be very impressive in comparison.”
Tesla isn’t the first automaker to develop a humanoid robot. Together with Hyundai’s Boston Dynamics, Honda worked on robots called “Asimo” for almost 20 years. In his final form, Asimo was a child-sized humanoid robot capable of unaided walking, running, climbing and descending stairs, and manipulating objects with his fingers.