In retrospect, CEO Elon Musk stated in the 2022 product roadmap update that Tesla is prioritizing Optimus humanoid robot product development above new product releases, which were all postponed until 2023.
|“So, in terms of priority of products, I think actually the most important product development we’re doing this year is actually the Optimus humanoid robot. This, I think, has the potential to be more significant than the vehicle business over time.”|
Tesla noted in the job advertisement for “Motion Planning & Navigation, Tesla Bot”:
|“On a path to build humanoid bipedal robots at scale to automate repetitive and boring tasks. Core to the Tesla Bot, the motion planning stack presents a unique opportunity to work on state-of-the-art algorithms for motion planning and navigation culminating in their deployment to real world production applications. Our motion planning software engineers develop and own this stack from inception to deployment. Most importantly, you will see your work repeatedly shipped to and utilized by thousands of Humanoid Robots within our factories.”|
The company is hosting Tesla AI Day in less than a week on September 30. Notably, it is the firm’s second annual event. Although this was only alluded to in the past and never formally verified, it is speculated that Tesla may present a functional prototype of the humanoid robot Optimus during the event.
Notably, the robot will be effective in a factory setting because the Tesla Bot’s first iteration will focus on carrying out easy repetitive tasks.
|“[Tesla Bot] has the potential to be a generalized substitute for human labor over time. The foundation of the economy is labor. Capital equipment is essentially distilled labor…The fundamental constraint is labor. There are not enough people. I can’t emphasize this enough. There are not enough people. I think one of the biggest risks for civilizations is the low birthrate and the rapidly declining birthrate,” CEO Musk explained.|
Most certainly, the Tesla bot will be utilized at the firm’s facilities.