Tesla’s humanoid robot is intimidating, but it’s important to take into account a far from trivial detail to put its technology into perspective. On the occasion of Tesla AI Day 2022 next September 30th, the presentation to which we will be entitled will only be the result of last-minute artisanal work.
Please note: The Autopilot/AI team is also working on Optimus and the (actually smart) challenge/fleet, which have deadlines at the end of the month.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) September 20, 2022
Optimus of his name is not ready yet. Elon Musk announced this personally on Twitter in response to a user’s question. To meet the deadline, he added that he was calling some of the teams responsible for developing autonomous driving at Tesla. These employees are now responsible for supporting the team in charge of Optimus.
Tesla probably didn’t have a choice. The AI Day event has been scheduled since July and the humanoid robot is one of the most anticipated items of the conference. A month later, it will be Elon Musk’s neuroscience company Neuralink’s turn to host an evening to present updates. Then two important events.
Robot Tesla in priority
The Tesla AI Day program will also end with the presentation of the Smart Summon mode, which allows you to move the Model Y without being on board. The “Autopark” mode will also be. No additional information on the FSD (Full Self-Driving) side, which only pushes back its deadlines and starts to annoy impatient customers.
I’m not sure that strategic changes to employee performance won’t help silence critics. Moreover, initially the Tesla robot was supposed to be only a parallel project to the rest. This has become a top priority for the brand. “In terms of product priority, I think the most important development we’re doing this year is the Optimus humanoid robot,” Elon Musk said in an announcement of Tesla’s fourth-quarter results.
Now it’s hard to understand why. If not for the figurehead of this project, Tesla head of AI Andrey Karpaty, Optimus would certainly be the most powerful of the AI development platforms within the brand. The main advantage, if not to develop technologies that we could then apply to cars, would be to solve the problem of labor shortages.