Elon Musk mentioned he would most likely launch a humanoid robotic prototype subsequent yr dubbed the “Tesla Bot”, which is designed to do “boring, repetitious and harmful” work.
The billionaire chief government of the electrical carmaker Tesla mentioned the robotic, which might be about 5ft 8in (1.7m) tall and weigh 125 kilos (56kg), would have the ability to deal with duties comparable to attaching bolts to automobiles with a spanner or choosing up groceries at shops.
Talking at Tesla’s AI Day occasion, Musk mentioned the robotic might have “profound implications for the economic system” by plugging gaps within the workforce created by labour shortages. He mentioned it was vital that the brand new machine was not “tremendous costly”.
He described it as an extension of Tesla’s work on self-driving automobiles, and the robotic would use the identical laptop chip and navigation system with eight cameras.
However Musk gave no indication of getting made concrete progress on really constructing such a machine. On the level when a standard tech launch may function an indication of a prototype mannequin, the South African entrepreneur as a substitute introduced out an actor in a bodysuit, who proceeded to breakdance to a soundtrack of digital dance music.
Firms on the reducing fringe of robotics, comparable to former Google subsidiary Boston Dynamics, have produced bipedal robots. However the clunky, heavy machines they’ve demonstrated bear little resemblance to the svelte designs Musk claimed Tesla might construct.
The announcement by Musk, who has a penchant for hyping new product launches, comes amid an investigation into the protection of Tesla’s full self-driving software program.
On Monday, the US authorities opened an investigation into Tesla’s driver-assistance system, often known as Autopilot, after a collection of collisions with parked emergency automobiles.
The investigation covers 765,000 automobiles, virtually all Tesla has bought within the US because the begin of the 2014 mannequin yr. Within the crashes recognized by the Nationwide Freeway Site visitors Security Administration as a part of the investigation, 17 folks have been injured and one was killed.
The NHTSA mentioned it had recognized 11 crashes since 2018 during which Teslas on Autopilot or traffic-aware cruise management had hit automobiles at scenes the place first responders used warning hazards comparable to flashing lights, flares, an illuminated arrow board or cones.