Playing video games while driving? Tesla’s feature under investigation

Tesla cars allow you to play video games while driving. This feature, normally reserved for passengers, is now under investigation by US authorities.

US authorities have once again launched an investigation into Tesla. As Polygon reports in an article published on December 22, the Department of Transportation, attached to the federal agency responsible for road safety in the United States, will look into a potentially very dangerous feature: the possibility of playing certain games. video integrated into the interface while the car is driving.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is still interested in a sample of 580,000 vehicles (Model 3, Model S, Model Y, Model X). The problematic feature is meant to be used by passengers. But she ” can distract the driver and increase the risk of an accident “, Estimates the NHTSA. It is hard to imagine a favorable outcome for Tesla in this case.

Cuphead in a Tesla Model 3 // Source: Louise Aubry for Numerama

Playing video games while driving is not good

Some would argue that a phone is just as problematic. Except that here, Tesla engineers are the source of the problem. This is why it is logical to see the authorities looking into this subject linked to road safety. Normally, manufacturers are not expected to create distractions on board. Providing the ability to play while the car is driving is one.

Today, Tesla cars offer front-seat passengers access to three experiences (Sky Force Reloaded, The Battle of Polytopia and Lonely). The multinational believes that it takes enough precautions to prevent drivers from playing while driving. How ? By a simple notification stating “ Use of Tesla Arcade is restricted to passengers while the vehicle is in motion. Check the current legislation before playing “. After that, just click on a button to launch the game (displayed on the right side of the screen). In short, the prevention component is as easy to circumvent as saying that you are 18 years old to see pornographic content on a dedicated site.

Last November, the owner of a Tesla Model 3 complained to NHTSA. ” Why is a manufacturer allowed to embed a distraction that can take up two-thirds of the screen, when it is supposed to display all the crucial information? “, can we read. The person concerned suggests banning all entertainment in the front when the car is moving, and reserving it for times when the car is parked (example: when it is recharging on a Supercharger).

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