Even as Tesla has been the champion of autonomous driving, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has been primarily unimpressed by the Tesla Autopilot system
On one hand, we have Elon Musk, who has revolutionized the world of cars through the self-driving Tesla models. However, on the other end of spectrum, we have Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak who isn’t very sure about the Tesla AutoPilot system. It’s noteworthy that this system enables the carmaker’s EVs to navigate themselves even as Tesla recommends constant human attention. Critics like Wozniak, though, doubt the system’s prowess with handling the ever-changing road conditions.
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Steve Wozniak on Tesla
In an interaction with CNN recently, Steve Wozniak said that initially, he believed in many claims that were made by Tesla. However, with the passage of time, he has come to doubt the company’s self-drive claims.“I believed the things he (Musk) said! That a car would drive itself across the country by the end of 2016. Oh, I had to upgrade to that model. You know, $50,000, and then it wouldn’t do anything. I could tell it would never make it across the country,” he has been quoted as saying.
In fact, that’s not all the criticism to have come from Wozniak. He seems to have huge doubts over the safety quotient of the Tesla AutoPilot system. He has been reported to have said,“And boy, if you want a study of AI gone wrong and taking a lot of claims, and trying to kill you every chance it can, get a Tesla.”
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Fully Autonomous Driving Yet to Get Legal Approvals
Meanwhile, CEO Elon Musk has always asserted that the Tesla AutoPilot is a sophisticated system capable of semi-autonomous driving under constant human supervision. Musk’s stand has been mostly unaffected by the occasional criticism stemming from reports of fatal accidents linked to malfunctioning self-driving system. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) of USA is said to be looking into two such cases. Tesla Inc has already rolled out the Beta version of the Full Self-Driving technology but fully autonomous driving is yet to be legalized in most parts of the world.
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