Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak recently continued his criticism of Tesla, joining other recent voices including former GM Vice Chairman Bob Lutz, Toyota Chairman Takeshi Uchiyamada, and Kevin O’Leary of Shark Tank fame.
At a question and answer session at the Nordic Business Forum in Stockholm, Sweden last week, the affable Wozniak made his thoughts known on Tesla’s history of missed timelines, and Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s promises using an anecdote on a past trip to Lake Tahoe, Calif. in his first Tesla.
“Our first Tesla slid off some ice late at night up at Lake Tahoe, and we ended up in a snow bank,” said Wozniak. “There was no damage, but it was clear we needed a four-wheel-drive Tesla.”
He also sounded off on Musk’s previous claim on Tesla’s self-driving abilities using its “summon” function and the automaker’s falling out with Israeli sensor-maker Mobileye.
“Then they came up with some sensors that Elon Musk said would drive itself across the country by the end of 2016,” Wozniak continued. “And then, they got rid of their sensor company and put in new sensors — instead of one camera, eight cameras.”
“I believed that stuff,” he said. “Now I don’t believe anything Elon Musk or Tesla says, but I still love the car.”
“I love that car, but the trouble is Elon Musk is portrayed in a lot of movies with a lack of faith and trust,” Wozniak added. ”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]?”
In a nod to a competitor, Wozniak also stated preference in driving the Chevrolet Bolt, except for long drives due to Tesla’s higher number of battery charging stations on the roads.
“We always drive the Chevy Bolt EV instead of the Tesla every day, except for long road trips.”