But he has since tempered his expectations. There is simply too much unpredictability on roads, he said, for a self-driving car to manage. For now, he believes the burgeoning technology is better used to give drivers a safety net for certain situations.
“I stepped way back [on] this idea of Level 5. I’ve really given up,” Wozniak said during the J.D. Power Auto Revolution conference in Las Vegas last week.
The reality of current self-driving systems doesn’t match up with consumers’ expectations, but Wozniak doesn’t think that is their fault.
But Wozniak did have a positive reaction to his first ride in a self-driving car last week in Vegas.
He and his wife hailed a car through Lyft, which has partnered with Aptiv to service the Strip and downtown area with specially outfitted BMWs (with human backup drivers). As of May, the cars had given more than 50,000 passenger rides in Sin City.