Tesla may start production of a humanoid robot known as Optimus as early as next year, CEO Elon Musk said Thursday.
The electric vehicle maker first teased the robot, also known as the Tesla Bot, at its “AI Day” in Aug. 2021,
saying it will be a general purpose machine capable of doing a wide range of tasks.
“We have a shot of being in production for version one of Optimus hopefully next year,” Musk said Thursday at the opening of
Tesla’s new vehicle assembly plant in Austin, Texas, where he appeared on stage — in a cowboy hat and sunglasses — to Dr. Dre’s “Still D.R.E.”
Tesla has yet to reveal a working prototype of the robot, however, and it’s unclear how sophisticated Optimus is at this stage.
Musk claimed that Optimus will eventually be able do anything that humans don’t want to do, claiming that it will bring about an “age of abundance”.
Striking a bullish tone, Musk also suggested that the robot will “transform the world … to a degree even greater” than the cars Tesla is renowned for.
“It’s maybe hard to imagine it,” he said.