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Toyota Problems 'Caused by Faulty Software'


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Steve Wozniak and Toyota Prius

Steve Wozniak has had problems with his Toyota Prius.

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Steve Wozniak, the co-founder of Apple and a Toyota Prius owner, has suggested that the "unintended acceleration" problems affecting Toyota's cars may be caused by faulty software. The comments, from one of the most respected figures in computer technology, will heap more pressure on the manufacturer, which is fighting to defend its reputation for reliability. The Times has learned that the company is conducting an internal investigation into alleged problems with the brake systems on the Prius.

Interviewed on American television Tuesday (February 2) night, Mr. Wozniak said that the 2010 model Prius he drives had occasionally accelerated unexpectedly and "scarily" after he used the cruise control buttons to adjust his speed. "Since my foot never touches the pedal," Mr. Wozniak told ABC News, "[the problem] cannot be a sticky accelerator pedal. There might be some bad software in there."

Toyota said Tuesday night that it would test Mr. Wozniak's car for a week in an attempt to diagnose the problem.

From Times Online
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