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.
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.