Tesla will stop letting people play games in moving cars
Tesla will no longer let people play video games on its cars’ built-in display when they are in motion, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The change, which will be included in a software update, comes just after NHTSA announced a feature survey, which would include the evaluation of more than half a million cars.
When The edge tested the feature, called Passenger Play, earlier this month we could play a few Tesla Arcade games while the car was on the move. A warning appeared on the screen, indicating that only passengers are allowed to play while the car is in motion, as well as a button asking to confirm that the player is a passenger.
But nothing really stops a driver from pushing the button and playing a game while driving. There is “no argument that can be made that [the feature] is not dangerous, ”said the executive director of the Center for Auto Safety, according to The New York Times.
Tesla told the agency it would change the functionality, NHTSA said in an emailed statement. “The Vehicle Safety Act prohibits manufacturers from selling vehicles with defects that pose unreasonable safety risks, including technologies that prevent drivers from driving safely,” the agency said in its statement.
The regulatory agency has given the automaker a lot of attention over the past year. He opened an investigation into his function as an autopilot, after Teslas repeatedly crashed into parked emergency vehicles. He was also questioned publicly about the company’s rollout of its full beta of autonomous driving, which used a “safety score” to determine who got it and who initially came with an NDA.