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Apple Co-Founder Slams Prius Software Problem

Toyota has made headlines over the last two weeks because of a huge recall that was issued due to faulty accelerators. However, while millions of vehicles have been recalled because of sticking gas pedals, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak reports that the gas pedal on his Toyota is suffering from another issue; one he's insisting is software related.

Speaking at an event in San Fransisco, Wozniak claimed to be having a "very scary" problem with his 2010 Toyota Prius.

"Toyota has this accelerator problem we've all heard about," CNet quotes Wozniak as saying. "Well, I have many models of Prius that got recalled, but I have a new model that didn't get recalled. This new model has an accelerator that goes wild but only under certain conditions of cruise control. And I can repeat it over and over and over again--safely. This is software. It's not a bad accelerator pedal. It's very scary, but luckily for me I can hit the brakes," he said.

"I don't get upset and teed off at things in life, except computers that don't work right," Wozniak said before adding that he had been trying to get through to Toyota and the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) for three months but could not get anyone to explore an alleged software-related acceleration problem.

A Toyota spokesperson said they hadn't heard of such a problem. "We're in the business of investigating complaints, assessing problems and finding remedies," John Hanson, national manager environmental safety and quality communications at Toyota, told CNet. "After man years of exhaustive testing we have not found any evidence of an electronic [software] problem that would have led to unwanted acceleration."

  • jossrik
    I like the part about the man years.
  • sickofsoyo

    Hopefully a few people will try out Ford's and GM's newer cars, they seem to be getting on the right foot now.
  • darkknight22
    Did I miss something where Apple decided to come out of the closet guns blazing? Seems like anyone associated with apple have declared war on just about everyone...
  • darkknight22
    jossrikI like the part about the man years.
    In Wozniak's case it's bear years. Am I right? Am I right?
  • extremepcs
    Woz is having LSD related flashbacks, kicked off by a Krispy Kreme overdose. God I hate hippies!
  • botabota
    "let me install OSX on my Prius! NOW!"
  • jerreece
    I'm actually planning to buy a new Toyota product sometime this year, even amidst the current problems. Quite frankly, this is not status quo for Toyota, so I'm sure they'll resolve the issues.

    On the other hand, I spoke with a couple of folks at my local Toyota dealership recently. One of them told me that they're thinking the problem is a software issue, and not a pedal issue in the first place.
  • TOYOTA Wake up...
    If the Woz says he can repeat the error then it most probably IS a software error. SOmehow I have more respect for the Woz than Toyota when regards to electronics.
    And if he says he has tried to tell toyota Mr Hanson should give an apology and get to it not try and wave Woz off as a crackpot. Seems Toyota has gotten GMitis.
  • tipoo
    How many woman years is that?
    I am betting he wouldn't open his mouth like that if he couldn't prove it.