Tesla shares more footage of Optimus walking improvements

Credit: Tesla Optimus/X

Tesla has shared its latest clip of the Optimus humanoid robot, once again showing off how smoothly the bot is able to walk around.

On Saturday, Tesla’s Optimus account on X shared footage of the humanoid robot walking around one of its testing facilities, featuring the caption “Getting my daily steps in.” The robot appears to be a newer, or at least more complete, build than a similar video shared a few weeks ago, depicting the robot as it smoothly strides around the area.

In a repost of the video, Tesla’s Head of Optimus Engineering, Milan Kovac, noted that the robot’s walking speed is its fastest yet. Kovac says the unit can now walk at around 0.6 meters per second (~1.34 mph), representing a 30 percent speed boost since the last video had been released. Eventually, Optimus is expected to be able to walk up to five miles per hour.

The post comes just a few weeks after CEO Elon Musk shared another video of a second-generation Optimus prototype walking, showing a more stripped-back version of the technology than the current one as it similarly paced around the facility. It also comes after Tesla opened up 61 Optimus jobs earlier this month, featuring listings for manufacturing and testing engineers, along with a wide range of other related roles.

You can see the video posted by Musk in January below.

Tesla unveiled its Optimus project in August 2021, and Musk last month said that the company could begin shipping the Optimus robots as soon as next year. The robot is being designed to help eliminate dangerous, repetitive and boring tasks for humans, and Musk has also said that the first production versions of the technology will work in Tesla’s factories.

The Optimus program has come a long way since it was unveiled, with recent updates from Tesla showing that prototypes of the robots can already fold laundry, balance well, move their necks, arms and legs, and handle tasks that require fine motor skills and discernment, like sorting blocks into matching categories.

In December, Musk also said he expects Optimus to be able to thread a needle within the next year, and original claims about the humanoid robot’s cost say it could be under $20,000 once Tesla begins selling the units.

Updated 2/25/24: Added Tesla Optimus Engineer’s comments on this being the fastest the robot has walked yet, and embedded the January video for comparison.

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Zachary Visconti: Zach is a renewable energy reporter who has been covering electric vehicles since 2020. He grew up in Fremont, California, and he currently resides in Colorado. His work has appeared in the Chicago Tribune, KRON4 San Francisco, FOX31 Denver and many other publications. When he isn't covering Tesla or other EV companies for Teslarati, you can find him writing and performing music, drinking lots of coffee, or hanging out with his cat, Banks. Reach out to Zach at zach@teslarati.com, or you can find him on X @zacharyvisconti.
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