Del Valle (USA) Elon Musk officially unveiled the Tesla Optimus robot a few days after the automaker opened yet another new Tesla Gigafactory. According to Musk, the humanoid robot, which resembles a human in size, shape and movement, should take on tasks that are too dangerous or too boring for humans. During the presentation, Musk called the robot “a more important invention than the car.”
“He will turn our idea of the economy upside down. Basically, Optimus will be able to do anything humans don’t want to do. Optimus will bring an age of plenty. It might be hard to imagine, but when you see how Optimus evolves, it’s going to change the world even more than cars did.” According to him, the use in production, where boring, constantly repetitive tasks arise, is conceivable.
According to the presentation, production of the robot should start as early as 2023. The Tesla Optimus was presented for the first time in 2021 at the group’s AI Day. At that time, Elon Musk emphasized that it would not just be a vague idea, but a real product. Now, around nine months later, he became a little more specific.
The machine is said to weigh around 60 kg and be around 1.77 meters tall and will be controlled through speech recognition. The robot can move at a speed of up to eight km/h and can carry objects weighing 20 kilograms. When he is in a resting position, Optimus is said to be able to lift almost 70 kilograms, each arm manages 4.5 kilograms when stretched out.
Musk has not revealed how much the robot will cost and where it will initially be used.
According to experts, however, the start of production of the robot is estimated very optimistically. A prototype of the Optimus announced the previous year was not presented at the opening of the Gigafactory Texas. Other promises made by Musk also speak against an early start of production, such as the launch of the Cybertruck and the Tesla Semi, which are already well behind of their schedule. Even the long-announced autonomous driving does not yet work at Tesla.