Tesla Inc. has a long history of organizing sensational events to generate buzz and media coverage for upcoming – and sometimes ambitious – products. Part reboot meeting, part hiring event, worshipers can see CEO Elon Musk speak and investors get updates on priorities and progress.
On Friday, Musk will host the second day of Tesla AI in Palo Alto, California, previously home to the firm’s global headquarters. Recent invitations have been sent out promising the latest developments in the company’s AI efforts, including:
Full self-driving, or FSD, systems that are in beta still require a driver to keep an eye on the wheel at all times;
Tesla Bot, aka Optimus, the humanoid Musk said he would one day take on dangerous, repetitive and boring human tasks; and
Dojo, Musk’s supercomputer, says Tesla’s FSD team can use it to improve the “brains” behind their driving system, using large volumes of video footage captured by the cars’ cars. recorded company.
“Tesla is arguably the biggest robotics company in the world,” he said, explaining why the automaker works on bots. “Our cars are essentially semi-perceptive robots on wheels.”
The star attraction of Tesla’s first AI day, held last August, was the humanoid robot that was, at the time, actually completely human. After the engineers gave a detailed and highly technical presentation of the company’s powertrain development, a man in a tight white suit and black helmet took to the stage to perform a dance and advance notice from Musk.
The actual sensitivity of Tesla cars is the subject of much debate.
Days before Musk’s comment, the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration opened an investigation into whether the company’s autonomous driving system was faulty, after Drivers using it collided repeatedly with vehicles at the scene of an accident, including emergency responders. NHTSA opened a second investigation into the defects in February.
Earlier this month, a California man filed a proposed class-action lawsuit in federal court in San Francisco, claiming that the automaker marketed its driver-assistance system and tied consumer for many years that he is close to mastering the technology. However, Musk has extended access to the FSD to about 160,000 owners in the United States and Canada. When one of those owners posted a video last month showing the latest beta struggling with right turns, the executive told customers not to complain. When another Twitter fan suggested that maybe the richest man in the world had a bad day and should apologize, Musk replied no – the owner was wrong.