Tesla Inc chief executive Elon Musk said Thursday that the electric automaker will probably launch a “Tesla bot” humanoid robot prototype next year, designed for dangerous, repetitive, or boring work that people don’t like to do. Speaking at Tesla’s AI Day event, the billionaire entrepreneur said the robot, which is about five feet eight inches tall, would be able to handle the job by connecting bolts to cars with wrenches or taking groceries at stores.
The robot will have a “profound impact on the economy,” Musk said, addressing labour shortages. He said it was important not to make the machine “super-expensive.” The AI Day event came amid growing scrutiny over the safety and capability of Tesla’s “full self-driving” advanced driver assistant system. ‘Tesla Bots’, a prototype of which should be available next year, are designed to eliminate “dangerous, repetitive and boring tasks,” such as bending to pick something up, or storing groceries, Musk said. “Essentially the future of physical labor will be an option. ”
“Tesla is arguably the world’s largest robot company,” Musk said. The ‘Bot’ was AI Day’s show stopper, which highlighted Tesla engineers giving highly technical presentations on the automaker’s autonomous driving functionality with the goal of recruiting talent at the California-based company Palo Alto. Musk did not comment on that investigation on the safety of Tesla technology but said he was confident of getting flower self-driving with high security compared to humans using current in-car cameras and computers.
The US security regulator launched an investigation into Tesla’s driver-assist system earlier this week as Tesla cars crashed into stationary police cars and fire trucks in accidents. Two US senators have also called on the Fair Trade Commission to investigate claims tesla’s “full self-driving” system. Tesla also unveiled in-house designed chips for its high-speed computer, Dojo, to help develop its automatic driving system at the event on Thursday. Musk said Dojo will be operational next year.
He said Tesla would introduce new hardware for its self-driving computer in “almost a year or so” for the cybertruck electric pick-up truck. Tesla pushed back the launch of its much-awaited cybertruck in July without giving any time frame for it to hit this year’s market.
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