What can you expect on Tesla AI Day?

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Tesla AI Day is Tesla’s annual event where the company reveals all of its upcoming projects and showcases its latest technologies. The event will take place on September 30 and is expected to be streamed live on Tesla’s website and YouTube. If you’re wondering whether or not you should log in, here’s what you can expect.

This event is similar to other major tech companies’ annual events, such as Apple’s Far Out event earlier this month, Samsung’s Unpacked events, or Google’s annual I/O keynotes. This is an opportunity for the public to learn about what’s to come.

While Tesla electric vehicle news makes up a good chunk of these events, with Tesla there are always surprises. Last year, the biggest surprise was the dancing robot that took the stage to accompany Tesla CEO Elon Musk. A man in a robot costume was Tesla’s creative way to announce its first humanoid robot, Optimus.

This Tesla AI Day will likely cover Optimus, self-driving cars, the Tesla Cybertruck, the Tesla Supercharger V4, the Dojo chip and the robotaxi.

Optimus

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After all the buzz created by Optimus last year, we can expect the humanoid robot to be at the forefront of this year’s event. Musk has unofficially confirmed that Optimus will be a talking point at this year’s event by changing the date of the event from August 19 to September 30, due to the availability of an Optimus prototype at a later date.

So what’s the hype about Optimus? Along with its futuristic design that looks like it’s straight out of a sci-fi movie, Optimus is attracting attention as a humanoid robot powered by Tesla’s AI that could revolutionize the way people do things.

Also known as the Tesla bot, Optimus is said to be a 5-foot-8 robot capable of performing human tasks such as carrying 45 pounds and lifting 145 pounds.

“It’s meant to be friendly, of course, and to navigate a world built for humans and eliminate dangerous, repetitive, and boring tasks,” Musk said at Tesla AI Day last year.

Also: Tesla Bot: a humanoid robot concept integrated with Tesla’s vehicle AI

People remain skeptical about the intended consumer of this product, as it is likely to be a large investment for an average household. Also, robots have never really been implemented in homes, with the exception of Roomba-like robots, so the release of this product would be a radical departure from current technology.

Other applications for the robot would be factories and the service industry, which could benefit from the assistance the AI-driven robot could provide.

Autonomous cars

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While the promise of a Tesla self-driving car isn’t new, Tesla has yet to make a self-driving car available to the public. At an energy conference in Norway last month, Musk announced plans to have Tesla’s self-driving technology ready for the end of the year, according to a Reuters report.

Also: Elon Musk says self-driving Tesla could be ready by year’s end

Musk has shown he’s very passionate about self-driving vehicle technology, proclaiming, “Self-driving electric cars will be all that matters. A gas-powered car without self-driving will be like riding a horse and using a flip phone. It always happens. , but that’s niche,” by Twitter.

Since Musk first announced the idea in 2016, there have been several new release dates every year, all of which have failed. He even promised a self-driving Tesla trip from New York to Los Angeles, which was postponed to 2017, then 2018, and has yet to happen. So we can expect another update during this event, hopefully with a firm date before the end of the year.

Tesla’s promised self-driving technology would deviate significantly from existing functionality – no driver needed.

Tesla’s current capabilities allow its vehicles to perform several autonomous actions, such as auto-guiding, auto-parking, auto-lane changing, identifying stop signs and traffic lights, and slowing down. your car when approaching traffic signs. However, human direction is still needed.

Tesla Cybertruck

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The Tesla Cybertruck isn’t a brand new concept either – it was initially introduced in 2019. However, the model has yet to enter mass production. If you live in North America, you can reserve the truck on Tesla’s website.

Like the self-driving car, the Cybertruck’s production date keeps getting pushed back. Earlier this year, Tesla pushed production to the first quarter of 2023 instead of its previously scheduled date of late 2022, Reuters reported.

The electric pickup truck has a unique geometric design unlike any truck you currently see on the road. Tesla’s website claims the truck offers “better utility than a truck with more performance than a sports car.”

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The company says its standout features include its nearly impenetrable exoskeleton, Tesla armored glass, and 3,500-pound payload capacity.

After testing the truck, Musk said the Cybertruck was “awesome”.

We can expect Musk to give us an update on when we can expect Cybertrucks to be produced and shipped to the public.

Tesla V4 Supercharger

Tesla has yet to officially announce the release of its most advanced supercharger, the Supercharger V4. This charger is said to exceed its predecessor, the Supercharger V3, in charging power, with at least 300 kW.

Also: The first Tesla Supercharger V4 will arrive in Arizona

Although it hasn’t announced the Supercharger, we do know what the Supercharger V4 will look like, due to design blueprints and building plans that Tesla aficionados dug up and posted on Twitter, and construction plans reveal where the first site will be located.

Despite the increase in power output, the design of the Supercharger V4 will remain basically the same. Design plans reveal it will have the same shape, only the nozzle will be on the outside as opposed to the hollow inside where it is now.

We can expect Musk to announce the release and production of the Supercharger V4 along with details about appearance, location, and performance.

Chip Dojo

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Dojo refers to Tesla’s internal supercomputer for machine learning – an AI training machine. “Dojo is a video-optimized (for self-driving) neural network training computer,” Musk said. by Twitter.

On Tesla AI Day last year, Tesla announced the Dojo supercomputer. However, at the time, the supercomputer was still under development. On this AI day, we can expect updates on the development of the Dojo program.

robotaxi

Musk first said the robotaxi would be on the road by the end of 2020. Over two years later, we’re still waiting for self-driving Teslas to go public, let alone a self-driving taxi.

However, a few months ago, during Tesla’s first quarter 2022 earnings call, musk said“We are aiming to achieve a production volume of [the robotaxi] in 2024.”

Also: Elon Musk predicts a Tesla robotaxi ride will cost less than a subsidized bus ticket

During that call, Musk also said the robotaxi would provide the cheapest type of transportation, with a robotaxi ride costing less than a subsidized bus ticket.

Due to recent taxi chatter, it wouldn’t be surprising if on Tesla AI Day we received another update.

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