Tesla is working on a 5’8”, 125-pound robot named Tesla Bot that could perform ordinary human tasks and follow commands. (Image Credit: Tesla)
During Tesla’s AI Day event, Elon Musk announced that his company is currently developing a humanoid robot called Tesla Bot. Musk said it’s expected to be friendly, weak, and slow enough for a human to outrun and overpower. Tesla also said it plans on having a prototype ready by 2022.
The humanoid robot runs on an AI system similar to the autopilot technology utilized in Tesla’s vehicles. It’s designed to perform dangerous and repetitive tasks and maneuver in the real world without relying on human-fed instructions. Musk mentioned that it should have the ability to follow commands, such as “Pick up that bolt and attach it to the car using that wrench.” Additionally, it could pick up groceries for the owner and perform other common tasks.
Even though Musk only displayed the humanoid’s image at the event, Tesla has already planned its outer design. It’s expected to stand at 5’8” tall while weighing 125 pounds, mostly due to the lightweight materials that comprise the robot. It also features a screen for its face that displays practical data. Overall, the robot’s top speed could reach up to 5mph, slightly quicker than the average human walking speed. Even then, it should be able to carry a payload of up to 45 pounds.
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