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Apple Co-Founder Doesn't Believe In Self-Driving Cars

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Steve Wozniak says autonomous vehicles are a pipe dream

Automakers and technology companies alike are going full-speed ahead into the future of self-driving cars. But one of the most visionary minds in the history of technology thinks it's a pipe dream.

Speaking with CNBC, Steve Wozniak said that had hoped that Apple would bring the world's first autonomous vehicle to market. But after experiencing some of the tech currently out there, he said "I do not believe in auto driving cars" anymore, and that people should "not to lose sight of the fact you're not going to get a car that drives itself."

And he knows what he's talking about. One of the most famous computer programmers in the world, Woz co-founded Apple with Steve Jobs in 1976, and has since become a leading voice on the future of technology.

His specific experience, in this case, comes from the so-called Autopilot system on his Tesla Model S. "Tesla makes so many mistakes," said Woz, without elaborating. "It really convinces me that auto piloting and auto steering car driving itself is not going to happen." He did, however, say that driver-assistance systems could play a major role to "avoid some of the accidents today."

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Wozniak was among the first buyers to get behind the wheel of the Model S, but opted not to buy the new Model 3. Instead he bought a Chevy Bolt early last year, favoring it for its low price and impressive range, and saying it would become his daily driver.

Said to be worth some $100 million, the Apple co-founder still holds shares in the company he helped start, and even acts as an occasional spokesman for the electronics giant. But he no longer has any direct role in its management – including its on-again, off-again foray into the realm of electric, self-driving automobiles.