Tesla was planning to hold their second AI Day on August 19, but that date has now been pushed back by a little over one month to September 30, 2022.
There is a good reason for the delay however, as CEO Elon Musk they may have a working prototype of the Tesla Bot, otherwise known as Optimus, to show off at the event.
Musk announced the changes on Twitter last night, adding that “AI Day #2 will be epic,” after previously saying it will have “many cool updates.”
Tesla AI Day pushed to Sept 30, as we may have an Optimus prototype working by then
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) June 3, 2022
The Tesla Bot was only announced at the first AI Day last year on August 19, 2021, and if they are able to deliver a working prototype by September they will have met Musk’s timeline when he said at the event that a prototype would be available next year.
In its final form Optimus is expected to be able to perform “repetitive and robotic tasks.” One example provided last year was getting your groceries, but it is also expected to have a large impact on the manufacturing industry.
What form Optimus will be in if it is ready for AI Day remains to be seen. The stats as originally presented said Optimus would be about 5’8″ tall and weigh around 125lbs.
It will feature Tesla’s Autopilot cameras for vision, be powered by the Full Self-Driving (FSD) computer, and use many of the same technologies Tesla uses for its vehicles.
Since its unveiling last year, Tesla worked quickly and within a few days published job postings for mechanical engineers and robotics architects.