During the earnings call, Elon Musk said that the Tesla Optimus Humanoid Robot is the most important product in development. He continued to say that the project could be “more significant” than the Tesla car business.
Due to supply constraints, Musk said that Tesla will not be introducing new electric vehicles in 2022. He was hopeful however to bring the highly anticipated Tesla Roadster, Cybertruck, and Semi to the market next year.
More important than bringing new electric cars to the market, however, is the Telsa Optimus humanoid robot. Musk continued to say:
So, in terms of priority of products, I think actually the most important product development we’re doing this year is actually the Optimus humanoid robot. This, I think, has the potential to be more significant than the vehicle business over time. If you think about the economy, it is — the foundation of the economy is labor. Capital equipment is distilled labor. So, what happens if you don’t actually have a labor shortage? I’m not sure what an economy even means at that point. That’s what Optimus is about. So, very important.
During the Q&A part of the earnings call, Musk elaborated on the Tesla Optimus humanoid robot and said:
Yes. The first use of the Tesla Bots, Optimus, the Optimus name seems to be sticking at least internally, Optimus Subprime. Like if we can’t find a use for it, then we shouldn’t expect that others would. So, the first use of the Optimus robots would be, at Tesla, like moving parts around the factory or something like that.
Technical details of the Tesla Optimus humanoid robot
The Tesla Optimus humanoid robot was first unveiled during the company’s AI Day event in August last year.
The plan is for the robots to take over dangerous, physical, boring, and repetitive tasks from humans in the future.
The Tesla Optimus humanoid robot measures 5 feet and 8 inches tall and weighs around 125 pounds.
The robot will use the same artificial intelligence system that is used in the full self-driving technology that we find in some Tesla vehicles.
Tesla plans to have a prototype of the Tesla Optimus humanoid robot available sometime this year.
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