tesla (TSLA) job postings reveal that the electric vehicle manufacturer is doubling the size of humanoid robots.
Reuters recently reported the company is executing ambitious plans to Tesla Bot, also known as Optimuswith internal meetings and recruitment for approximately 20 positions, including software and firmware engineers, deep learning scientists, actuator engineers and internships.
“Tesla is on track to build large-scale humanoid bi-pedal robots to automate repetitive and tedious tasks,” a vacancy for a mechatronics technician. “Most importantly, you will see your work repeatedly sent to and used by thousands of Humanoid Robots in our factories.”
Tesla placed most of the jobs under its Autopilot division, which is simultaneously working to implement full self-driving capabilities for vehicles.
Elon Musk tweeted that the Autopilot team has “month-end deadlines” for both the Tesla Bot and Autopark projects. Earlier in the summer, Musk teased that a prototype of the robot could be unveiled on Tesla’s AI Day on September 30.
Musk’s vision for the five-foot, 125-pound Optimus extends beyond Tesla’s production lines. Ultimately, he sees an army of robots charged with household and care tasks in millions of households.
“This, I think, has the potential to become more important than the auto trade over time,” Musk said during an earnings call in January.
Some on Wall Street, however, are skeptical.
Investors and Tesla enthusiasts are still waiting for the Cybertruck, which will be released in 2023 after several delays, as well as for the company’s promise of fully autonomous vehicles. The EV maker expanded its Full Self-Driving (FSD) Beta pilot to 160,000 Tesla owners as it scales up its standalone software program, although some have said the current $15,000 price tag is not worth it its current capabilities.
Musk has also touted an automated robotic axi concept, which is expected to be announced in 2023 and go into production in 2024.
And with the large-scale deployment of robots, there are other challenges in deployment.
A number of companies have attempted to develop humanoid robots — Hyundai’s Boston Dynamics, Honda, GM and NASA, Ford, Softbank, and others — though few projects have gotten off the ground.
According to Reutersthe robots have struggled to overcome unexpected situations and perform unscripted tasks, much like self-driving cars.
Grace is an assistant editor for Yahoo Finance.