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Engineers used Tesla’s automotive developments and technologies to complete a humanoid robot that could walk autonomously within months of its introduction.
Tesla AI Day is an annual event where the company showcases a range of upcoming technologies and lays out a roadmap for future developments. This is also an event that attracts tech enthusiasts from all over the world, not only “hard” Tesla fans, this event focuses on attracting new talent to join Tesla and supporting the technology portfolio. growing company. This year, the presentation focused on Tesla’s humanoid robot creation process and the development of autonomous driving systems (FSD).
Unlike Musk’s original 2021 announcement, the presentation opened with Tesla’s current prototype robot master, Bumble C. The autonomous robot, slowly stepped onto the stage for the crowd to demonstrate. advancement of the company, called Optimus. According to Musk, the Bumble C prototype was built and operational within six months of the company’s initial announcement.
While it may not have caused much concern to the team at Boston Dynamics, considering the company’s track record in delivering innovation in the aerospace and electric vehicle markets, there’s good reason to believe. that a successful Tesla robot program is not a matter of ‘if,’ but ‘when’.
As shared about Optimus, the CEO highlighted some of the current and planned features of this robot model. The robot weighs 73 kg, powered by a 2.3 kWh battery placed in front of his chest. The Optimus single PCB includes all the built-in devices needed for sensor management and charging.
The PCB also helps power the bot’s brain, a Tesla-based system on a chip (SoC), which handles tasks including image, audio and information processing, real-time decisions, and device security. Tesla used its automotive crash modeling technology to simulate falls, collect data, and ultimately create physical designs to protect these critical components from damage.
The CEO’s share also mentions some other features, such as the bot’s hand and the ability to navigate. Optimus will have five fingers and an opposing thumb on each hand, allowing for extremely dexterous gripping. The navigation hardware and software used are based on the technology that currently powers Tesla’s self-driving cars. The AI Day presentation included several examples of bot navigation and manipulation capabilities.
Then there are explanations about the autopilot mode (FSD). Several new enhancements and updates related to FSD, including the system’s AI-based decision making, factors affecting the system’s 3D mapping, video model optimization, and other related issues. regarding FSD’s Lane Networks feature. The team claims the user base of this program has grown from 2,000 users in 2021 to over 160,000 users in 2022.
Efforts to attract new researchers to Tesla are extremely important, helping the company achieve more goals in the years to come. According to the Tesla CEO, Musk wants to have a humanoid robot that works as quickly as possible using the same design, development, and manufacturing disciplines as the company’s electric vehicle line. If successful, this will reduce the cost of making Optimus, but comes with high quality and a host of other special features, which can be mass-produced and offered to users for less than $20,000. .
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