Steve Wozniak goes on an epic rant against Tesla 'I don't believe anything Elon Musk says anymore' TSLAGet the Full StoryJustin Sullivan Getty Images
Steve Wozniak is tired of Elon Musk's promises, and thinks Tesla needs to stop overhyping its self-driving feature.
Wozniak shared his experiences driving and upgrading his Teslas at the Nordic Business Forum in Stockholm.
"Now, I don't believe anything Elon Musk or Tesla says. But I still love the car," Woz said, adding that other automakers are ahead in self-driving technology.
The Apple cofounder prefers his Chevy Bolt, but drives a Tesla on longer trips because of its countrywide charging network.
Steve Wozniak's legacy as a tech pioneer may forever be cemented, but Elon Musk still has a long way to go.
That much could be concluded from Wozniak's talk at the Nordic Business Forum in Stockholm recently, which the Apple cofounder dedicated in part to his newfound love for Tesla bashing, accusing the electric carmaker of overhype and "cheap shots" while shoveling praise over its competitors.
Wozniak passionate about electric cars was an early Tesla fan and currently owns two Model S cars. But his relationship with the carmaker and its CEO has been fraught from the start.
Our first Tesla slid off some ice, late at night up at Lake Tahoe, and we ended up in a snow bank, said Woz in a Q&A session jam-packed with anecdotes from his life.
"There was no damage, but it was clear we needed a four-wheel drive Tesla."
Shortly afterwards, Wozniak said, he and his wife coughed up the money for an upgrade.
"Then, they came up with some sensors that Elon Musk said would drive itself across itself the country, by the end of 2016, Wozniak said, referring to Tesla's much talked-about "summon" function that Musk also promoted:
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"Oh, I had to have that," said Wozniak, before mentioning Tesla s breakup with Israeli sensor-maker Mobileye:
And then .. they got rid of their sensor company and put in new sensors; instead of one camera, eight cameras. And that car was supposed to drive itself across the country by the end of 2017."
Elon Musk indeed said last August that Tesla s cross-country demonstration trip would happen by the end of 2017 before pushing the timeline further back last December.
Wozniak's trust was dented.
"I believed that stuff."
"Now, I don't believe anything Elon Musk or Tesla says. But I still love the car."
I'm sure the next car will come out and Elon's promise will be that this is the car that delivers ."
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"Is Elon Musk just a good salesman, like Jobs?"
Following the crowd s roaring applause, Wozniak compared Musk's salesmanship with his former Apple cofounder, the late Steve Jobs.
I love that car but the trouble is, Elon Musk is portrayed in a lot of movies with a lack of faith and trust. 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 ?
Wozniak then homed in on the company's self-driving technology.
"When a Tesla runs in any condition on a highway that is a little unusual - a cone in the middle of a lane - you have to move over. A dumb human or a smart human can easily do it, but the Tesla can't. .. Man, you ve got to be on your toes all the time with it.
Woz also added that Tesla was getting away with its mistakes, through "cheap" tactics.
All Tesla says is, it's beta, so we're not responsible. As a driver you have to be in control . So that's kind of a cheap way out of it. Everything I ve read told me that every other car manufacturer in the world - Audi and BMW - are actually ahead of Tesla for self-driving cars."
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"We always drive the Chevy Bolt EV instead of the Tesla, every day.
At a Money 20 20 event in Las Vegas in October, Wozniak had already said there was way too much hype around Tesla and heaped praised over brands like Volvo and Audi. But in the Swedish capital, he opened up about his new crush: the Chevy Bolt EV.
Woz lauded its "decent range" and described how he exclusively uses the GM vehicle for everything except longer trips to places like Kansas and Yellowstone. That's when Wozniak and his wife still find user for their Tesla, and the company's extensive charging network.
But for everyday life, "we always drive the Chevy Bolt EV instead of the Tesla, every day. Except for long road trips," Wozniak said. "That was a good rant," Seth Godin said. Of course, the Apple cofounder and stockholder could benefit from talking down rivals in favor of Apple Car the smart device maker s autonomous car initiative. But the crowd in Stockholm certainly felt his frustration.
Another nugget from Wozniak's impassioned rant was the story of his first Tesla order: Wozniak and his wife had waited for six months to get on top of the waiting list for a Tesla in 2004, but opted out and got a Mercedes instead. When I got on top of the list" Wozniak said, "I received an email from Elon Musk that said 'you re not a real Silicon Valley boy.' NOW WATCH: 7 science-backed ways for a happier and healthier 2018 this is what you do the very first week