TodayApril 16, 2022

Steve Wozniak hands over Prius keys to Toyota – for 2 weeks

“You caught me getting in the shower.”  Oops, sorry Woz. I just want to talk to you about your Toyota Prius. I understand that you own a Toyota Prius and are having electrical problems?

I had heard that Apple Inc. co-founder, and abysmal dancer, Steve “Woz” Wozniak was having acceleration problems on his 2010 Toyota Prius.  Wozniak’s Prius started accelerating on it’s own, up to almost 100 mph, when he used cruise control to increase the vehicles speed. Woz pumped the brakes and that worked, but he called Toyota to tell them about the problem.

It only made sense that a person that used to be an icon of technology would have the automotive icon of this generation. And Wozniak understands that all new technology will have issues. What he didn’t understand was Toyota’s lack of interest in their feedback about their product.

“I have had problems, but that was not the biggest problem. The biggest problem was getting someone inside Toyota and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to listen.”

That’s not Wozniak’s problem anymore. After the Woz went on CNN talking about Toyota’s inability to listen to him they are listening, and acting, now.

Toyota has taken possession of Woz’s Prius. Wozniak has agreed not to talk for the next couple weeks while Toyota looks over his car to try to find a fix.

I forgot to ask him if Toyota gave him a loaner, or if he is going to drive his 1979 Nissan 280ZX Black Gold edition.

Datsun 1979 280ZX & Steve Wozniak

Lou Ann Hammond

Lou Ann Hammond is the CEO of Carlist and Driving the Nation. She is the co-host of Real Wheels Washington Post carchat every Friday morning and is the Automotive, energy correspondent for The John Batchelor Show and a Contributor to Automotive Electronics magazine headquartered in Korea. Hammond is a founding member of the Women's World Car of the Year #WWCOTY, and board member of the Women in Automotive.