Tesla’s Warning :”Playing while the car is in motion is only for passengers”

Tesla’s Video Game Feature is opening a new controversy

The New York Times report revealed that Tesla owners are able to play video games when the vehicle is moving and it was reported that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has spoken to Tesla, the EV automaker to express concerns about the safety of this feature.

The owners have had this feature since an update to the over-the-air system last summer but it was believed access to video games was only accessible in a car that was stationary.

Evidently, this isn’t the scenario. Video games aren’t an ideal idea to do when driving, and the federal government isn’t indifferent.

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What NHTSA Says about the Tesla’s controversial gaming feature

Per Reuters, the NHTSA says “Distraction-affected crashes are a concern, particularly in vehicles equipped with an array of convenience technologies such as entertainment screens. We are aware of driver concerns and are discussing the feature with the manufacturer.”


Tesla Statement about their Gaming Feature

Tesla does come with a warning that states: “Playing while the car is in motion is only for passengers.” The attraction to play video games for drivers who are not just passengers, could cause serious accidents. The games list includes solitaire, jet fighter and a conquest strategy scenario.

The Times’ report confirmed that there was a button to confirm that the person is a passenger. Drivers aren’t able to lie. It’s not surprising that Tesla did not provide comments about the report or its ongoing discussions with the NHTSA. Tesla is currently under an agency probe over potential problems in its Autopilot driver assistance system.

Safety watch dogs are worried about the more advanced Full Self-Driving Beta system, which is a more sophisticated version of Autopilot.

Gaming Feature Supported Tesla Models

Each new Tesla model, from the basic Model 3 to the most expensive Model S Plaid, is equipped with video game access in the event that the owner has completed an up-to-date OTA update.

Controversies regarding to the Tesla’s gaming feature

There haven’t been any reports of accidents attributed to Autopilot, however it could be the case that somebody is able to abuse the system.

In May the Model 3 owner was arrested after being found driving in the rear seat of the car when Autopilot was turned on.


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