What to expect on Tesla AI Day 2022

Tesla’s AI Day, an annual event for tech-obsessed people eager to see new ways the company pushes the boundaries, is scheduled for Friday, September 30 in Palo Alto. It’s scheduled to air live on Tesla’s website and YouTube channel around 5:00 p.m. PT and promises a lot of Big Musk Energy.

What is Tesla AI Day?

AI Day is essentially Tesla’s version of an Apple event, but rather than product launches, the event will have a forward-looking focus. It’s less about new Teslas and more about emerging technologies the company is exploring. As Musk noted on Twitter, “This event is for recruiting AI and robotics engineers, so it will be very technical.” Musk might even have us on Mars before some of the discussed innovations come to fruition.

To get an idea of ​​what to expect, here’s a replay of last year’s two-hour livestream, in which Musk says Tesla is “much more than an electric car company.”

The program includes experts from various Tesla teams, who dive into the technology behind some of the company’s most ambitious projects. Graphs and tables abound.

Optiumus Humanoid Robot, Hold Spandex

The most anticipated potential reveal is a working Optimus humanoid robot prototype. On Twitter, Musk said he had pushed back this year’s event from August to September 30 because “we might have a working Optimus prototype by then.”

Musk”introduces” the Optimus robot during last year’s AI Day, although the android in question is actually a dancer wearing a spandex bodysuit. Viewers will be eager to see the progress the company has made since then. Eventually, Musk wants to deploy “thousands of humanoid robots” in Tesla factories, according to a new job posting for the Tesla Bot program.

Three letters: FSD (Full Self-Driving)

Last week, Musk tweeted that “Tesla’s Autopilot/AI team is also working on Optimus and (actually smart) invocation/autopark, which have month-end deadlines”, so self-driving tech is probably on the agenda of AI day.

Tesla has been preparing self-driving technology for years, with mixed results. Autopilot is standard on all new Teslas, but don’t let the name fool you: it’s not an autonomous driving system, and drivers should stay alert and focused on the road when the driver automatic is activated.

“When used correctly, Autopilot reduces your overall workload as a driver,” says Tesla.

There are three levels Autonomous Tesla Technology: Autopilot, Enhanced Autopilot, and Fully Self-Driving (FSD) capability. These are added via software updates; The upgraded autopilot costs $6,000, while The FSD is $15,000. By July, Tesla had 100,000 “city street” FSD beta testers.

The autopilot includes traffic-sensitive cruise control and automatic guidance. Improved autopilot adds auto lane change, auto park, summon, and more complex smart summon. The FSD should enable automatic guidance on city streets, as well as traffic control and stop signs.

The FSD beta has received mixed reviews and even lawsuits claiming that Musk has overdone its features and hasn’t produced anything close to FSD so far. AI Day offers the opportunity to deliver an update on the FSD beta that overturns this perception.

Bring the Robotaxis?

One application for Tesla’s FSD functionality could be self-driving taxis. In an April earnings call, Musk said he plans to bring Tesla-based robotaxis to market by 2024. The vehicles will be designed for full automation, so no steering wheels or pedals.

Musk seems to think that “a robotaxi ride will cost less than a…subsidized bus ticket or a subsidized subway ticket”. If so, the robotaxis “really will be a massive engine of growth for Tesla,” he said.

FSD for existing Tesla drivers seems like the most immediate priority, but 2024 is right around the corner, so we may hear more on AI Day. And if Tesla gets into water taxis, maybe the long-awaited Cybertruck can help, Musk joked today:

More Mojo for the Dojo

The man is holding a computer chip on stage.

Venkataraman holds up the D1 chip at AI Day 2021.

Tesla’s FSD module is powered by a supercomputer called Dojo, which runs on a layered chip called D1. Project leader Ganesh Venkataraman showed it off at last year’s AI Day, and last month Tesla released some in-depth papers on the technology, Electrek Reportsso Friday’s “highly technical” part of AI Day will likely include more details about Dojo.


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