Non-autonomous cars will soon be viewed in the same light as horses are today, Tesla chief executive Elon Musk has asserted, arguing they will only be owned for sentimental reasons.
Speaking on a Q3 earnings call, Musk predicted it will be "quite unusual" to see cars that don't have full autonomy within 15 to 20 years.
For Tesla, which recently rolled out a beta of its Autopilot feature to 40,000 cars, it will be a lot sooner than that, he added.
"So I actually think at the point at which cars being made that have full autonomy - that any cars that are being made that don't have full autonomy, will have negative value," he said on the call - a transcript of which can be found here - in response to a question from an analyst.
"It will be like owning a horse or not - you're really owning it for sentimental reasons."
Musk also acknowledged there had been some "fairly crazy videos" of drivers using Tesla's self-driving Autopilot technology on YouTube. The technology, which is in beta, is designed to relieve drivers of the most tedious and potentially dangerous aspects of road travel.
Tesla will add some "additional constraints" on when the technology can be activated in response, Musk said.
Despite Musk's bullish outlook, Tesla made a record loss per car sold of $19,810 in its Q3, Seeking Alpha reported, as losses hit $230m.
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