Tesla’s job postings detail Elon Musk’s vision for “thousands of humanoid robots inside our factories”

Tesla’s job postings detail Elon Musk’s vision for “thousands of humanoid robots inside our factories”

Tesla (TSLA) job advertisements reveal that the electric vehicle maker is doubling down on humanoid robots.

Reuters recently reported that the company is stepping up ambitious plans to develop the Tesla Bot, also known as Optimus, with internal meetings and hires for around 20 positions including software and firmware engineers, deep learning scientists, actuator technicians, and internships.

“Tesla is well on its way to building large-scale bi-pedal humanoid robots to automate repetitive and tedious tasks,” said a job advertisement for a mechatronics technician. “Most importantly, you will see your work shipped and used repeatedly by thousands of humanoid robots within our factories.”

Tesla has published most of the work under its Autopilot division, which is simultaneously working to implement full autonomous driving capabilities for vehicles.

Elon Musk tweeted that the Autopilot team has “end-of-month deadlines” for both Tesla Bot and Autopark projects. Earlier this summer, Musk teased that a prototype of the robot could be unveiled at Tesla’s AI Day on September 30.

Musk’s vision for the five-foot eight and 125-pound Optimus extends beyond the production lines of Tesla factories. Eventually he sees an army of robots in charge of housework and nursing work for millions of families.

“This, I think, has the potential to be more significant than the vehicle industry over time,” Musk said in an earnings call in January.

Some on Wall Street, however, are skeptical.

Tesla investors and enthusiasts are still waiting for the Cybertruck, due out in 2023 after several delays, as well as the company’s promise of fully autonomous vehicles. The electric vehicle maker has expanded its Beta Full Self-Driving (FSD) driver to 160,000 Tesla owners as it scales its autonomous software program, though some have said that the current $ 15,000 price tag isn’t worth its current capabilities. .

Musk also touted an automated robotaxi concept, which is expected to be announced in 2023 and go into production in 2024.

The Tesla Bot, also called Optimus, is expected to be deployed in factories and households.  (Photo: Tesla)

The Tesla Bot, also called Optimus, is expected to be deployed in factories and households. (Photo: Tesla)

And with the implementation of large-scale robots, there are other challenges in the way of implementation.

Several companies have tried to develop humanoid robots – Hyundai’s Boston Dynamics, Honda, GM and NASA, Ford, Softbank and others – although few projects have taken off.

According to Reuters, robots have had a hard time getting through unexpected situations and completing unscheduled tasks, just like self-driving cars.

Grace is an assistant editor for Yahoo Finance.

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