Electric auto manufacturer Tesla is known for being an innovator, but the company's latest gadget is getting a lot of attention.
It's a snake-like robotic arm that automatically plugs into the electric car to begin recharging the battery. But the video -- provided by Tesla and watched over a million times in just a few hours -- has drawn a lot of comparisons to science fiction robots.
"Here come our reptilian overlords," one commenter offered.
Others questioned the true practical purpose of such a device.
"How lazy could you get? It takes a few seconds for a human to plug in the Tesla to a supercharger," another commenter observed.
Company founder Elon Musk shared the video on social media last night, providing few details other than jokingly referring to it as a "robosnake" with a "wide range of applications."
The Washington Post reports the gadget is designed to work with the $67,000 Tesla Model S, which should soon be able to park itself in your garage automatically, and perhaps even drive autonomously as well.
The internet's 'Terminator'-like comparisons are ironic, given Musk's recent warnings about artificial intelligence being a potential threat to the long-term survival of the human race.