Steve Wozniak Explains That Faulty Software Caused His Car Troubles

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Uh oh. Steve Woz is having some "very scary" trouble with his 2010 Toyota Prius. At a recent event in San Francisco he went off topic and talked about how faulty software is to blame for his car's accelerator troubles:

Toyota has this accelerator problem we've all heard about. 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.

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Toyota's reponse? They're looking into it:

We're in the business of investigating complaints, assessing problems and finding remedies. After many years of exhaustive testing we have not found any evidence of an electronic [software] problem that would have led to unwanted acceleration.

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I hope things get figured out soon, otherwise Woz might have to switch to a Segway as his main mode of transportation. [CNET via Jalopnik]

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or just get a normal car? the prius is not a magically green car. The large amount of nickel in the batteries is mined amidst great amounts of pollution and shipped all over the world on giant terrible ships. Sure it might be good for keeping up with the jones', but a normal car serves your purposes just fine