Posted by April MacIntyre
Feb 3, 2010, 15:14 GMT
Imagine you are driving, and the car starts accelerating even if you are applying brakes and trying to actively stop the vehicle?
Steve Wozniak - © Janet Mayer / PR Photos
Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak shared his own "very scary" Toyota horror story at the Discovery Forum in San Francisco on Monday, as reporters were surprised to hear his first-hand accounts of how the Woz's Prius also experienced unintended acceleration problems.
According to CNET.com, Woz's 2010 Toyota Prius went up to 97 mph when he was reportedly using the automatic cruise control feature. This particular model is not currently included in the massive car recall underway by Toyota.
Wozniak said he had been trying to get through to Toyota and the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) "for three months but could not get anyone to explore an alleged software-related acceleration problem."
"Toyota has this accelerator problem we've all heard about," Wozniak said. "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," he said.
To us here at the DDA, it looks like Ford stock is a BUY.
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