Elon Musk claims prototype ‘Tesla Bot’ set to arrive next year

Elon Musk says the “Tesla Bot”, which stands around 5ft 8in tall and weighs 125lbs, could have “profound implications for the economy”.

Tesla Bot designed to be easy to outrun…

Elon Musk has claimed Tesla will likely launch a humanoid robot prototype as early as next year, designed to do “boring, repetitious and dangerous” work.

The billionaire said the “Tesla Bot,” which stands around 5ft 8in tall and weighs 125lbs, would be able to handle a range of jobs – from attaching bolts to cars with a wrench, to picking up groceries in shops.

It would also have a screen where a human face would be to provide “useful information”, Mr Musk added.

Image:It comes amid an investigation into the safety of Tesla’s “Full Self-Driving” software. Pic: Tesla

Describing it as an extension of Tesla’s current work to build self-driving cars, Mr Musk said the robot would use the same computer chip and navigate with eight cameras in a similar manner to the company’s vehicles.

Speaking at Tesla’s AI Day, Mr Musk said the robot would have “profound implications for the economy” and address the labour shortage.

He said it was important to make sure the machine was not “super expensive”.

However, some questioned whether Mr Musk, who has frequently announced grand technology advances at showpiece events only to scale back plans, will be able to deliver on his aims for the robot.

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