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posted by martyb on Wednesday January 31 2018, @09:53PM   Printer-friendly
from the voice-of-Jobs-experience dept.

Steve Wozniak spoke recently at the Nordic Business Forum in Stockholm. A clipping from the end of the short article,

After years of upgrades and new sensors, Woz sees Tesla as a company that has made major promises and delivered well under the bar. "I love that car, but the trouble is Elon Musk is portrayed in a lot of moves with a lack of faith and trust," he said. "What he says, can you really believe in him? Is he just a good salesman, like Jobs, and may not be there [in the end]?"

Wozniak went as far as to suggest that "every other car manufacturer in the world," including Audi and BMW, "are actually ahead of Tesla for self-driving cars." He then praised his Chevy Bolt EV, which he prefers to drive for everyday life.

It doesn't seem that long ago that Woz was calling out Toyota for problems with the cruise control on his Prius, but here's an update from 2010 --

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  • (Score: 1, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 31 2018, @10:57PM (2 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 31 2018, @10:57PM (#631229)

    Disagree. People are remarkably good at driving. Even drunk drivers manage to "get away" with it most of the time (this is not meant as an endorsement).

    It's a huge system, thus the raw numbers of accidents and injury/deaths appear large. Google turns up 222 million licensed drivers in USA, in 2016.

    I'll wait until the self driving car is better than I am (statistically). I don't commute (miss peak traffic times), don't drive impaired, don't have a cell phone to distract me and keep up my car. I figure I'm roughly 5-10x safer than an average driver--a much higher standard for the self driving car to meet.

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  • (Score: 2) by Snow on Wednesday January 31 2018, @11:15PM (1 child)

    by Snow (1601) on Wednesday January 31 2018, @11:15PM (#631240) Journal

    Is a commuting VIA car really a bigger risk than a non-commuter? Genuinely curious.

    Commuters are generally taking a route that they have taken 100s of times along with other people who have also taken the same route 100s of times. These are also people that drive at least twice per day, and are not teenagers, nor elderly.

    If you compare that to late morining/early afternoon drivers, they tend to be elderly or moms with screaming kids distracting them in the back of the mini-van.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday February 01 2018, @12:33AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Thursday February 01 2018, @12:33AM (#631276)

      Commuting sucks and is boring, lots of people eating / drinking while driving, using cell phones, or just bored and not paying as much attention.

      Would have to look into the stats to get a real answer though, what % of accidents happen during rush hour times? Then control for higher number of vehicles on the road, and whatever other factors....