On August 19, 2021, Elon Musk announced the Tesla Bot, a humanoid robot that will be launched as a product by Tesla. With the goal of “eliminating dangerous, repetitive, and boring tasks”, the 125-pound figure is to be presented to the world as a complete prototype by the end of 2022. Musk announced that this robot will support movement at a rate of up to 5 miles per hour and a lift of up to 45 pounds without assistance. Autopilot cameras will be supplied in its head for vision, and a screen will be attached to its face to display information. The robot is to be operated by an FSD computer equipped into its body for autonomous movement.
The FSD, or Full Self-Driving, computer is known for its use in Tesla’s vehicles. It acts as an autopilot for drivers, assisting in steering, accelerating, and braking respective to other vehicles and pedestrians. Although vehicles with an FSD computer still require driver supervision, it aids in emergency braking, collision warning, and monitoring blind-spots. The FSD computer contains FSD chips that allow for these functions, along with connectors for vision cameras and ultrasonic sensors to detect the vehicle’s surrounding environment.
It is still unclear if Tesla will follow the schedule of releasing the prototype of the Tesla Bot some time throughout 2022. Nevertheless, this autonomous robot, with an AI-based system nearly identical to that of Tesla’s vehicles, will undoubtedly be of great value if it is “slow enough for people to run away from and small enough for a human to overpower it”, as Musk joked.