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According to Electrek (This article and its images were originally posted on Electrek October 12, 2018 at 12:03PM.)
Tesla has made some missteps in its attempt to drastically automate vehicle production, but it has now launched new initiatives to get it right for its next-generation ‘Alien Dreadnought’ factory.
The automaker is now patenting a new type of cable that’s easier to manipulate by robots.
CEO Elon Musk said that one of their biggest mistakes with their attempt at highly automating the production of the Model 3. One example was trying to automate tasks that humans are much better at than robots, like manipulating cables.
In order to facilitate the automation of manipulating cables, Tesla has been reducing the length of wiring harnesses in its vehicles.
Musk said that Model S has about 3 kilometers of wiring harness and Tesla brought it down to 1.5 kilometers in length for the Model 3.
With future vehicle platforms, Tesla aims to bring it down to just 100 meters starting with the Model Y.
But now Tesla also plans to use different types of cables according to a new patent application filed by the company.
Tesla has filed a patent for what it describes as a “structural cable”. They explain the problem with current cables in the application:
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