I am not being facetious: When Tesla asks $10,000 for FSD, that does not exist, the buyer is supporting the developmental costs of FSD which normally is borne by stock holders as owners.Maybe you’re being facetious, but clearly I’m not suggesting customers are investors in the literal sense. Those who bought the first iphone accepted some risk that the iphone would flop or not hold its value, but they believed in Apple and they wanted to take part in a new and innovative product. That’s my point.
When you are willing to overpay for a MME because you want to enhance innovation and development, you are doing what normally investors in a company do. Ford has shifted the cost of development to its customres.
The iPhone was a $1000 investment. To compare that to a $50,000 plus car is a false equivalency. I just spent over $1000 on a pair of skis that I know if 3 years I will have to replace. That is totally different then spending $50,000 on the MME.