Tesla received’t let people play video games on its cars’ built-in show whereas in movement anymore, based on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. This change, which will be included in a software program replace, comes proper on the heels of the NHTSA announcing an investigation into the function, which would come with the analysis of over half one million cars.
When The Verge examined out the function, referred to as Passenger Play, earlier this month, we may play a number of Tesla Arcade games whereas the automotive was moving. A warning popped up on the display screen, saying solely passengers are allowed to play whereas the automotive’s moving, together with a button asking to verify that the participant is a passenger.
But nothing actually stops a driver from urgent the button and enjoying a recreation whereas driving. There’s “no argument that can be made that [the feature] isn’t dangerous,” the chief director of the Center for Auto Safety mentioned, according to The New York Times.
Tesla informed the company it could change the function, the NHTSA mentioned in an emailed assertion. “The Vehicle Safety Act prohibits manufacturers from selling vehicles with defects posing unreasonable risks to safety, including technologies that distract drivers from driving safely,” the company mentioned in its assertion.
The regulator company has been paying plenty of consideration to the automaker over the previous 12 months. It opened an investigation into its autopilot function, after Teslas repeatedly crashed into parked emergency autos. It’s additionally publicly requested in regards to the firm’s rollout of its Full Self Driving Beta, which used a “safety score” to find out who bought it and initially got here with an NDA.