While those who pre-ordered a Cybertruck are still sitting patient, Tesla CEO Elon Musk has finally shown off the future-forward manufacturer’s latest prototype: a tall, AI-powered robot that goes by Optimus.
The aptly-dubbed Tesla Bot was tested at the marque’s 2022 AI Day Presentation, as it waved to attendees and went on to show off its dancing skills. Musk referred to the prototype shown off at the event as Bumble C and deems it the “rough development robot.” However, he added that he expects the official one fully designed by Tesla to “walk in a few weeks.” The final version will feature a 2.3kWh battery pack and Tesla State of Charge tech.
Tesla engineers ultimately delved into the variety of capabilities that Optimus offers in a manufacturing environment. Moreover, one of the many unique elements is its fully-capable hands that claim can grab anything a human can. Before producing the robots in higher quantities, the company plans on testing them in its factories to ensure quality control and high-functioning operations. Conversely, a team of Tesla workers needed to bring out the two-legged prototype themselves.
While there is no concrete date regarding when to expect the Tesla Bot to appear in other company’s factories, offices, or even your own home, Musk addressed potential pricing in a follow-up Q&A event, claiming that he expects it to sell for “probably less than $20,000.” For more details about Tesla’s advancements in A.I., find additional information on its website.