RT-Engels: 22-07-2024,

The electric-vehicle maker will use the robots internally first before producing them for other companies, according to the CEO

Electric-vehicle manufacturer Tesla plans to introduce humanoid robots for internal purposes starting next year, with plans for broader production by 2026, the company’s chief executive Elon Musk has revealed.

Posting to X on Monday, Musk said the robots will be in “low production” at the company’s factories. He said they will “hopefully” be in high production for other companies in 2026.

The announcement comes after the CEO said in April that the Tesla robot Optimus would be able to perform factory tasks by the end of this year and could be ready for sale by the end of 2025.

Tesla will have genuinely useful humanoid robots in low production for Tesla internal use next year and, hopefully, high production for other companies in 2026

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 22, 2024

Tesla first unveiled plans to work on humanoid robots in 2021 at an AI Day event. A year later, the company unveiled Optimus, dubbed Bumblebee, saying that its expected cost will be less than a Tesla car and that it would be manufactured in large numbers.

Musk said at the time that many robots that came before the Tesla bot were “missing a brain” and don’t have the intelligence to navigate the world on their own. He said Optimus will be an “extremely capable robot” and with a reasonable price tag of less than $20,000.

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