Tesla CEO Elon Musk presented on Friday a prototype of its humanoid robot Optimus.
The electric vehicle maker is planning to produce millions and sell them for less than $20,000 starting in 2027.
After growing speculation on the billionaire’s new venture, Optimus appeared to public at the company’s office in Palo Alto, California, during the Tesla AI Day.
“There’s still a lot of work to be done to refine Optimus and prove it,” Musk said, “I think Optimus is going to be incredible in five or 10 years, like mind blowing.”
Described as a work-in-progress the robot will be tested by working jobs in the car factories.
Musk said mass production of robots had the potential to “transform civilization” and create “a future of abundance, a future of no poverty.”
During the presentation Tesla also discussed its self-driving technology. The EV giant is working on auto self-driving software that can choose actions, such as when to merge into traffic.
Testing of full self-driving capability will be ready for global rollout by the end of 2022,
After criticizing before excessive use of artificial intelligence, Musk on Friday said the “we always want to be careful we don’t go down the Terminator path.”