Tesla is planning on releasing an AI-powered robot next year to do “boring, repetitious and dangerous” work, including delivering groceries.
The “Tesla Bot” will stand at around 5ft 8in tall, weigh 125lbs and will be able to do manual work like attaching bolts to cars with wrenches.
The company’s founder and chief executive Elon Musk added that the robot will have a screen instead of a face, to provide useful information.
The robot will use a mixture of AI and the same computer chip the company’s self-driving cars use as well as eight cameras.
Musk said that the Tesla Bot would have “profound implications for the economy” and address the current labour shortage that is crippling the US, at Tesla’s AI day.
Not only this but the company’s chief said it was important to make sure the machine was not “super expensive”.
Some are sceptical as to whether Musk will be able to deliver on the project after scaling back plenty of previously grandiose technological plans in the past.
“Is the ‘Tesla Bot’ the next dream shot to pump up the hype machine?,” Carnegie Mellon University professor Raj Rajkumar told Reuters.
“I can safely say that it will be much longer than 10 years before a humanoid bot from any company on the planet can go to the store and get groceries for you.”
The news of the Tesla Bot came as Musk said he “rather hates” being head of Tesla, however he also said he had to remain in charge otherwise the company would “die”.