Tesla is aiming to start production of its Optimus humanoid robot in 2023

by Fred Lambert

Elon Musk announced that Tesla is going to build a new futuristic-looking electric vehicle as a “dedicated robotaxi” – though there’s no clear timeline for the new vehicle.

CEO Elon Musk made clear that Tesla’s focus in the short term and in 2022 specifically is to scale operations to increase production capacity, and Giga Texas is going to be critical to make that happen.

But the CEO still made sure to get people excited about upcoming new products and said that 2023 is going to be the year for new vehicles with the Cybertruck, Tesla Semi, and new Roadster all entering production next year.

Musk even announced a new vehicle at the event: a dedicated robotaxi.

When talking about what is next for Tesla, the CEO said: There’s going to be a dedicated robotaxi that is going to look quite futuristic-looking.

He is talking about a new electric vehicle to join Tesla’s lineup and be strictly used for a taxi service.

This would be a departure from Tesla’s current self-driving plan as the company has been focused on achieving self-driving capability with the current hardware on its existing vehicles already on the road.