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US closes investigation into Tesla for allowing video games in moving vehicles and claims the feature was disabled

By 05/30/2023 8:25 PMNo CommentsBy YidInfo Staff

U.S. highway safety authorities have concluded their investigation on Tesla for allowing in-car video games to be played while moving.

According to documents released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on Tuesday, Tesla was compelled by the organization to turn off the “passenger play” feature with an online software update in December 2021.

In documents, the government claimed that eliminating “passenger play” allayed any worries about the feature’s potential to increase distracted driving.

More than 580,000 vehicles from the 2017 to 2022 model years were included in the software upgrade.

Tesla said that 97% of the vehicles have the software upgrade one month after it was released.

According to the organization, the investigation was started in December 2021 due to a Tesla owner’s allegation that the driver might play games while the car was moving.

To evaluate the potential for driver distraction, the inquiry was started.

Documents state that putting distracting visual and cognitive content in the field of sight of a motorist “poses the potential to add to driver visual and cognitive distraction.”

In response, Tesla stated that the feature was only intended for usage by passengers and that there was no unreasonably high danger of driver distraction.

The business said that no collisions had been reported while the function was in place.

According to information provided by Tesla, “passenger play” was utilized on a relatively modest number of vehicle rides during the year it was in operation, according to papers from the NHTSA.

The government did not specify the number of journeys, but it did note that the feature was used in nearly a third of them while the cars were moving and no one was sitting in the passenger seat.


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