Investigating Tesla for Allowing Passenger Play on the Driving Screen

Investigating Tesla for Allowing Passenger Play on the Driving Screen
Investigating Tesla for Allowing Passenger Play on the Driving Screen
Tesla came under fire earlier this month with heavy criticism over allowing the driver’s dashboard to be played in interactive video games, which is not in line with traffic law, as this feature causes driver confusion and many accidents.

Reports have indicated that some games can be played on the dashboard infotainment systems only while the EV is in motion and not during other modes while it is on the road. , according to a technical engadged report.

An initial assessment from the agency’s Office of Defects Investigations (ODI) covers the sale of nearly 580,000 Model 3, S, X and Y vehicles since 2017. Being in accidents, NHTSA said playing passengers “may distract the driver and increase the risk of a collision.”

A report from the New York Times indicated that the update rolled out at Tesla in the summer made three more games playable while the car was in motion, and before that Passenger Play was only available when the car was in EV mode in the park, NHTSA told Engadget earlier in the month. December that she was talking to Tesla about the feature.

ODI said that the initial evaluation will assess the potential for driver distraction in the passenger game while the electric vehicle is in motion, and will look at various aspects of the Passenger Play game, including usage scenarios and how often they are used.

In announcing the investigation, the NHTSA cited a report submitted to the agency in August, stating, “Tesla is now making interactive video games and live online search possible on the front-seat main screen while driving, why would it allow a manufacturer to create an inherently distracting live video that takes more than Two-thirds of the screen the driver relies on for all vehicle information? Creating a dangerous distraction for the driver is recklessly neglected.”

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