Tesla Unveil Human Sized ‘Tesla Bot’

On Thursday Tesla unveiled plans for a human-sized robot aptly called Tesla Bot. The life-sized, 57kg humanoid bot was teased during the company’s AI Day held in its Palo Alto headquarters, which showcased enhancements in the fields of robotics and artificial intelligence. On the development of an eerily-lifelike robot, CEO Elon Musk called Tesla “arguably the world’s biggest robotics company” and described its cars as “semi-sentient robots on wheels.” Musk said the Tesla Bot was made to “navigate through a world built for humans” and would be able to “eliminate dangerous, repetitive and boring tasks”. The bot is slated to stand at 5’8” and would be able to move at speeds of up to 5 mph. “On a physical level, you can run away from it and most likely overpower it,” he joked. “If you can run faster than that you’ll be fine”. In addition, the bot would be able to carry up to 20kg and deadlift up to 60kg. The bot would feature a screen located in its head to display useful information, and have eight cameras to navigate its environment. The machine would also come loaded with a full self-driving computer and make use of “all of the same tools we use in our cars,” including autopilot cameras and neural-net planning. Musk said that he intends to have a prototype of the Tesla Bot by next year and noted that there are still challenges involved in creating and scaling humanoid robots, including how it would impact the labour market. Maybe the Terminator movies were right after all. Tesla.com


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