Tesla pauses crash-risky gaming feature amid probe — Analysis

After an auto safety organization’s investigation, the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), announced that Tesla would not allow any games in its moving cars.

This week, the auto safety regulator said that it was investigating an option in Tesla cars which allows drivers to use a touchscreen tablet while driving. 

Video game investigations have been conducted on more than 500k vehicles (Models 3,S and X), as well as Model Y. You can play solitaire on any touch-screen, even in Tesla vehicles, as highlighted in an earlier New York Times article.

Tesla probed over crash-risky gameplay feature

On Thursday, the NHTSA stated that Tesla would be updating its Passenger Play function so vehicles can’t move while it is disabled. The agency’s investigation, however, will continue. 

“The Vehicle Safety Act prohibits manufacturers from selling vehicles with defects posing unreasonable risks to safety, including technologies that distract drivers from driving safely,”They read their statement.

Every Tesla vehicle should be up-to-date by this week.

An anonymous complaint claimed that people could play in Tesla vehicles and the Office of Defects began an investigation. Later, the Office of Defects stated in a report that Passenger Play could be activated while a Tesla vehicle is in motion. This could potentially cause distractions. “increase the risk of a crash.”

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