Thousands of humanoid robots named Optimus will be working at Tesla’s electric vehicle factories

Elon Musk has repeatedly stated that the development of the humanoid robot Optimus will be Tesla’s most significant project. By 2025, Tesla’s assembly plants are expected to employ anywhere from a thousand to a couple thousand humanoid robots.

According to Tesla, the company already has two fully autonomous Optimus robots working at its factories today. “We have made tremendous progress with Optimus in a short period of time: from a human pretending to be a robot dancing in a costume, to a fairly clumsy robot, to a robot that today actually performs useful tasks at the factory,” Musk told the audience. He even predicted that Tesla will have “over a thousand, maybe several thousand” Optimus robots working for the electric car manufacturer next year, explaining that Tesla already has the manufacturing, engineering, artificial intelligence, and software capabilities to succeed. In forecasting concerns about robot uprising, the head of Tesla also said that robotization is inevitable and Tesla is “definitely leading in this.” Earlier, he said that robots would be used to “eliminate dangerous, repetitive, and boring tasks.”

Musk emphasized that the market for humanoid robots is approximately 1 billion units per year, and Tesla aims to capture at least 10% of this market.

Optimus, also known as Tesla Bot, is a humanoid robot designed to perform various tasks. Standing at 173 cm tall and weighing 73 kg, it is capable of carrying payloads up to 20 kg and lifting up to 68 kg. The robot is equipped with a 2.3 kWh battery that provides enough charge for a full workday, consuming around 100 watts at idle and up to 500 watts while walking.

Optimus features 28 structural actuators, allowing its body to move with great freedom, and its hands are dexterous enough for various manipulations.

Optimus can walk, squat, balance on one leg, pick up and move objects. The robot is controlled by AI similar to what is used in Tesla vehicles. It relies on visual navigation and is capable of learning from real tasks, mimicking human actions. The robot can connect to Wi-Fi and LTE, making it easy to update its software.

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