Thursday, June 30

Tesla backs down: it will no longer allow playing video games while driving

In recent years we have told you about the curious initiative of the manufacturer Tesla to allow travelers and even the driver to play video games -and modern, not necessarily retro-. According to reports CNN, Tesla has yielded to the evidence: This option makes driving more unsafe and you have chosen not to mislead the driver.

Elon Musk’s company will no longer offer games on their touchscreens when they are on the go after the beginning of some investigations on the function Passenger Play: “With a new software update, Passenger Play be locked and idle when the car is in motion, “said a spokesman for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Although Tesla had made it clear from the beginning that the feature should only be used by passengers, drivers could even play with it. car in motion, something that to his detractors became a fatal distraction.

Passenger Play has been active since December 2020. Before this date, according to NHTSA, the game was only activated when it was parked, but with Passenger Play nothing prevented the person at the wheel from playing, for example, The Witcher 3 The Cuphead; e Even if the player was one of the passengers, there was a great risk of distraction and accident.

Tesla no longer allow

Tesla had been criticized for distracting drivers

Tesla wants to look to the future but it seems that it is still a bit early for all the promises of autonomous cars. Even if you have advanced in driver assistance to change speed or even change lanes without active driver involvement thanks to the features Autopilot Y FSD, the manufacturer has been widely criticized for adding functions that encouraged the loss of attention of the person behind the wheel. Several accidents have been documented -minimum 11- related to the use of Autopilot precisely because of this relaxation of the drivers, resulting in 17 injuries and one death.

Tesla no longer allow

“Video games are supposedly restricted to passengers only. Web browsing is available to anyone at any time,” the complaint says. “Why could a manufacturer create a 2/3 screen distracting video or game in which the driver relies on all vehicle information? NHTSA should ban all front seat video and all web browsing while the car is in motion. Creating a dangerous distraction for the driver is reckless and negligent“.

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