Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk unveiled its humanoid Tesla bot, a robot code-named Optimus, at Tesla AI Day 2022, which took place in Palo Alto, California on September 30. Tesla unveiled two prototype Tesla bots that could walk, wave, and even grip with fingers.
Musk claims that the robot is expected to be launched within three to five years at a price of $20,000. He said the company’s goal is to make a functional humanoid robot as soon as possible. He further added that humanoid robots could eventually help millions of people. However, the first uses will be in Tesla’s car factories.
Musk unveiled two prototype Tesla bots at the Tesla AI Day 2022 event. Mechanical actuators, cylindrical devices that combine a motor with gearing and sensors, were used to produce the first walking model. The second shown model could not walk and was wheeled onto the stage. Its limbs and fingers were controlled by Tesla’s actuators; however, its actuators enabled it to elevate one leg to the side and grasp with the other.
Musk commented that the second one was not quite ready to walk, but it will walk in a few weeks. Notably, the second Optimus prototype model weighs about 161 pounds or 73 kgs. It makes use of a variation that powers Tesla’s full self-driving (FSD) autonomous vehicle technology.
Tesla uses the same AI program to run the Tesla Bot as it uses in its cars. While Tesla’s car-piloting technology and robots must take into account the enormous variety of the real world, artificial intelligence technology performs best with specific tasks. It is likely that Optimus will begin its existence in safety. Austin’s automotive company intends to utilize it initially in Tesla’s own plants.