Elon Musk has once again taken his steps toward the future. On Friday Elon Musk revealed the humanoid robot Optimus during tesla AI Day. The company says that it could be a future product for the automaker. During the AI Day robot, Optimus walked stiffly on stage slowly waved at the crowd, and gestured with its hand for roughly one minute. Tesla CEO Elon Musk said that the robot was operating without a tether for the first time and robotics developers always use tethers to support robots because they are not capable more walking.
The Humanoid Robot Optimus
The robot Optimus, capabilities lag significantly behind rival robots such as the Hyundai-owned Boston Dynamics. Boston Dynamics robots have been seen doing back flips without any tether and performing sophisticated dance routines.
Elon Musk said during the event, The robot can actually do a lot more than we’ve shown you. We didn’t want it to fall on his face.
Elon Musk claimed that if the robot will be mass-produced it would probably cost less than $20,000. Tesla says Optimus’s advantage over competitors will be its ability to navigate independently using technology developed from Tesla’s driver-assistance system Full Self Driving, as well as just about everything else it manufactures from its automotive division. Learning it will lead to cost savings. Tesla’s full self-driving requires a human who is alert and attentive, ready to take any time, as it is not yet capable of fully driving itself.
Tesla has a history of aggressive price targets it doesn’t reach eventually. The Tesla Model 3 was long promised as a $35,000 vehicle, but could only very briefly be purchased for that price, and not directly on its website. The most affordable Tesla Model 3 now costs $46,990. When Tesla revealed the Cybertruck in 2019, its pick-up truck that is unavailable for purchase today was reported to be priced at $39,990, but the price has since been removed from Tesla’s website.
Elon Musk claimed that Robot Optimus could be transformative for civilization. The robot, demonstrated on Friday, despite its limitations compared to competitors, was far ahead of what Tesla revealed a year ago when a man in a robot suit jumped on stage and danced around.
Tesla is not the first automaker to develop a humanoid robot. Along with Hyundai’s Boston Dynamics, Honda worked on a robot called Asimo for nearly 20 years. In its final form, Asimo was a child-sized humanoid robot capable of walking, running, climbing, and descending stairs without any confinement, and manipulating objects with its fingers.
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