Apple Co-Founder Steve Wozniak Says He Doesn’t Believe Anything Tesla Says

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has laid into Tesla and its CEO Elon Musk.

As Business Insider reports, Wozniak used the Nordic Business Forum to explain how he went from a Tesla fan to one of their critics. Wozniak reportedly owns two Model S sedans but it appears he became disenchanted with the brand over the past few years.

As he explained, Elon Musk said new sensors would enable Tesla vehicles to drive themselves across the country by the end of 2016. The company then pushed the cross-country trip to 2017 and then 2018. The demonstration still hasn’t happened and Musk recently suggested it won’t occur anytime soon.

As a result of the constant backpedaling, Wozniak said “I don’t believe anything Elon Musk or Tesla says, but I still love the car.”

Even though Tesla vehicles come with semi-autonomous driving technology, Wozniak isn’t impressed as he stated “You’ve got to be on your toes all the time with it” and noted humans can easily do what the vehicle can’t. He went on to say that everything he’s read indicates “every other car manufacturer in the world” has more advanced autonomous driving systems than Tesla. That’s a bit of a stretch but Audi introduced the first vehicle with Level 3 semi-autonomous technology and GM’s Cruise Automation has already launched an autonomous ride-hailing service using modified Chevrolet Bolts.

Speaking of the Bolt, Wozniak revealed he’s a huge fan of the electric vehicle and drives it every day. However, he uses a Tesla on longer trips so he can take advantage of the company’s extensive supercharger network.

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    Not really car news, but again, it’s Tesla related so it gets an article regardless. Anyway, I don’t blame the guy for having his doubts. I have a hard time believing Tesla and Elon Musk as well considering all the fanciful claims I’ve seen made. Sometimes they deliver other times they don’t.

    That being said, I’d still get a Model S unless the Mission E proves to be better. But there’s no way of knowing for certain as that has yet to be produced.

    • Richard Alexander

      The hard part in “electric car” is not the “electric” part; it’s the “car” part. The Mission E will smoke the Model S.

      And speaking of Autonomous driving Woz is right. My 2018 GLS 550 has much better autonomous driBing features than any Tesla. And the doors close properly too 😉

  • Bob

    Hahaha pretty sure that’s a Tesla endorsement.

  • Tesla Testimony

    When the Woz speaks, the world listens. By far my favorite Apple founder.

    • Dr Strangefinger


    • ErnieB


    • Enter Ranting

      I wonder what Apple would be like today if Woz was in charge. It certainly wouldn’t be the rudderless mess it is under Tim Cook.

  • TheBelltower

    I don’t believe anything any CEO says… until they deliver. I also don’t know what semi-autonomous vehicle (that’s available to purchase) is more advanced than Tesla’s. In the highly publicized Navigant survey (whoever the F they are) Apple ranked higher than Tesla. Last I checked, Apple doesn’t have a semi-autonomous car available to purchase. Or nearly anyone else in the list.

    • javier

      indeed most of them lie to gain advantage and have no qualms about being sleazy

    • wins_lord

      At least I trust an S Class Distronic “driver’s assistance” more than a Tesla “Autopilot” LOL

      • TheBelltower

        I will say, MB’s distronic and pre-safe system are awesome. I was driving an ML several years ago, and it thought I was going to be in a collision. The seat belts pulled me into the seat and the entire car felt like it was preparing for something. Tesla has adaptive cruise control… one pull on the lever instead of two for autopilot. Which I find a little more natural than Distronic. It mimics the way I accelerate and brake more than the systems in MB or BMW. Though if Tesla could copy MB’s pre-safe system, it wouldn’t be a bad thing.

        • wins_lord

          Bro, MB had come a long way. Have you seen the new E class’s Drive Pilot, let alone an S class’s way more advanced Distronic???

          • TheBelltower

            There are three new S classes on my street of eight homes. Yeah, I’ve seen the magic. It’s impressive.

          • wins_lord

            The new as in 2014 new or the new as in 2018 new?

          • TheBelltower

            Spring/Summer last year.

          • wins_lord

            Ooh haha they came up with a new facelift with the new driver’s assistance technology.

        • Moveon Libtards

          And Tesla has never made a profit, sales almost zero, and stock will collapse this year.

          Goodbye, Elon, taxpayer scammer.

  • HG504

    The new Tesla Roadster is a perfect example of what he’s talking about. The stats they pulled out of thin air. 0-60 in 1.9 seconds, top speed 250+ for a car that hasnt even been made yet, all this crap which any car manufacturer could say. Ferrari could come out tomorrow and say “The new 2021 Ferrari so and so will have 2500hp and do a sub 6min lap around the Nurburgring and will do 1/4mile in 8 sec” all boastful statements, not facts.

    • The Roadster is being tested on the roads, of course it’s real.

  • SO?

  • javier

    says the dude who slows down old phones so you have to get a new one

    • rodriguez256

      You are aware that he has absolutely nothing to do with that right? Zero involvement.

    • Enter Ranting

      Javier, that’s Tim Cook you’re talking about. Woz got out of Apple waaaaaaaay back in the beginning.

  • ErnieB

    But you love the anyways.. it’s a start up.. you have big dreams .. some take longer than you expected..

  • UGH! Another Tesla Story

  • Six Thousand Times

    Fake news! Tesla have never been wrong about anything, ever.

    • LWOAP

      Oh, I see now. That’s why S3XY hasn’t been responding to my emails. He’s been paying someone else to make pro-Tesla comments.

      • Six Thousand Times

        My side hustle,

  • Pretty much the problem with Elon Musk, he has turn into demigod creature who can’t do wrong and what he says will turn into reality.

    But Woz has a fair point, don’t speak too much and just focus on fixing the products.

  • Belthronding Tinuviel

    at least tesla does not slow down older products with new ”advanced” softwares/updates as like apple.
    that was a major reason to me so last week i replaced my iphone with samsung galaxy s8 ,never go back to cheater apple.

    btw, i do think elon musk is overstating things,i wish he would just doing his job but not act like a tv star.

    • Enter Ranting

      Also, Tesla doesn’t build their products in Chinese sweatshops surrounded by suicide nets.

      I also replaced my iPhone with an S8. No regrets. It’s easier than I expected to get out from under Apple’s thumb. Screw them.

  • Stephen G

    Maybe he should ask that POS Siri for help with that.

  • Moveon Libtards

    Wozniak is a genius and doesnt bs. Elon Musk is a snakeoil salesman going nowhere. Woz calling a spade a spade.

  • Rzrlf

    “I don’t believe anything Elon Musk or Tesla says, but I still love the car.”

    Click bait article

    • badcyclist

      Yeah, how dare Woz have a nuanced view about Tesla.

      • Rzrlf

        Listen hear ya jabroni, they left out the second half of the quote in the title of the article to add shock value. It doesn’t mean I disagree with him.

  • SpeedSaint85

    Here is a guy who’s barley relevant anymore telling us not to believe anything the guy who’s flipped the automotive industry on it’s head says.
    It’s hard to believe anything ANYONE says in this world anymore…Please don’t waste our time.

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