Musk: Tesla’s robot will be ‘worth more than the car business’

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has made the bold statement that the company’s robot will be “worth more than the car business”

In Tesla’s Q1 2022 earnings call, Musk said that Optimus “worth more than the car business, worth more than FSD”.

Tesla’s FSD (Full Self-Driving) system costs owners of the company’s vehicles around $12,000 per year. At the AI Day event, it was revealed that Optimus will be “controlled by the same AI system Tesla is developing for the advanced driver-assistance system used in its cars”.

Based on that, we can summarise that Optimus won’t be cheap to purchase or keep running. It’s possible that Optimus could eventually become affordable enough to overtake Tesla’s car business, but it doesn’t seem likely that will happen anytime soon.