Apple Co-Founder Not Sure About Self-Driving Cars


Steve Wozniak, Apple’s co-founder, says that considering his experiences working with Tesla, he’s not sure that self-driving cars are possible right now, though the future might hold more promise.

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Last week, CNBC published an interview held with Wozniak where he said he initially had hoped that Apple would be the first company to launch self-driving cars, but then added that he doesn’t believe in automatic-driving cars now and believes that the industry isn’t capable of it at this time. These sentiments had come after his experience owning Tesla vehicles.

Wozniak said that he had to continuously upgrade his Tesla and did so in the hopes that the Autopilot system would provide a fully hands-free driving system. Instead, the Apple co-founder berated Tesla, saying the company has made multiple mistakes. When asked for more information, he wouldn’t expand on his comment, though he did say he does enjoy driving the Tesla vehicle. Steve Wozniak owns a Chevrolet Bolt EV, as well.

Not Going to Happen Soon

Wozniak said he knew that a self-driving Tesla wasn’t in the making when there were very few over-the-air updates on the car. Tesla company spokespeople did say it should roll out their first chip enabling Full Self Drive mode sometime next year, but quickly after their announcement, the carmaker dropped that option completely from its online configurator. Elon Musk, the chief executive officer of Tesla said the option was dropped because it caused confusion for almost a week and the option still hasn’t returned after a month.

Wozniak believes that fully self-driving vehicles aren’t possible, but does say that assistive-driving technology can be had. Systems such as these can warn of approaching vehicles, countdown red lights, and more.

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Apple Co-Founder Not Sure About Self-Driving Cars

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