Story at a glance

  • Tesla revealed details about some of the artificial intelligence upgrades being deployed to power their vehicles’ self-driving system.
  • To close out the event, Musk revealed the company is developing a robot that runs on the same artificial intelligence technology as its fleet of autonomous vehicles.
  • Musk said the robot will be designed to “navigate through a world built for humans and eliminate dangerous, repetitive and boring tasks."

Tesla CEO Elon Musk on Thursday announced the electric-car company is building a humanoid robot called the Tesla Bot that will perform menial tasks.

During the company’s “AI Day,” Tesla presented details about some of the artificial intelligence (AI) upgrades being deployed to power their vehicles’ self-driving system. 

To close out the event, Musk revealed the company is developing a robot that runs on the same AI technology as its fleet of autonomous vehicles. He said the company hopes to have a prototype of the robot sometime next year. 

“It’s intended to be friendly, of course,” Musk quipped.


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The 5’8” robot weighs about 125 pounds, sports a screen where a face would be and is equipped with eight autopilot cameras used by Teslas to navigate the environment. The bot is powered by Tesla’s Full Self-Driving computer.

Musk said the robot will be built to “navigate through a world built for humans and eliminate dangerous, repetitive and boring tasks.” 

“Things that I think are really hard about having a useful humanoid robot is it can’t navigate through the world without being explicitly trained, without explicit line-by-line instructions,” Musk said. 

“Can you talk to it and say, ‘please pick up that bolt and attach it to a car with that wrench, and it should be able to do that...It should be able to, you know, ‘please go to the store and get me the following groceries,’ that kind of thing. So, yeah, I think we can do that,” he added. 


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Published on Aug 20, 2021