Days after the opening of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, or NHTSA, a preliminary investigation In Tesla’s “Passenger Play” feature –which allows drivers to play some games on the vehicle’s central touchscreen while the vehicle is in motion—The automaker decided to modify the feature to prevent this incredibly dangerous and potentially deadly activity.
NHTSA confirmed to Gizmodo Thursday that Tesla was changing the functionality of the Passenger Play. was the investigation paid by Complaint submitted To the dealership from Tesla Model 3 owner Vince Patton in November. Button decided to file a complaint after finding out playing games, Like Sky Force Reloaded And solitaireIn his car while he was on the move. (He tested Passenger Play in an empty college parking lot.)
“Someone’s going to be killed,” Patton said. News agency. “It’s totally insane.”
According to NHTSA, drivers were given the option to play games in their Teslas while on the move in December 2020. Although drivers could play games before that time, they could only be accessed when the car was parked. Last summer, Tesla added games solitaireAnd Sky Force Reloaded, And Battle of Polytopia: Moonrise, to Passenger Play, All of this can be run while the car is in motion, the The New York Times reported.
times I found that while players are asked to confirm that they are not driving when opening the gameNothing stops them from lying and clicking to play.
The agency’s investigation covers all Tesla models produced between 2017 and 2022, or approximately 580,000 vehicles. NHTSA told Gizmodo that its investigation is still open and that it is still In the process of gathering more information from Tesla.
“Following the opening of the initial evaluation of Tesla’s Passenger Play, Tesla has informed the agency that it is in the process of changing the functionality of this feature. In a new software update, the Passenger Play will now be locked and unusable when the vehicle is in motion,” a NHTSA spokesperson said in a statement. “The agency is in regular discussions with all manufacturers to discuss potential safety concerns for these systems, including Tesla’s response to our concerns about this feature.”
The spokesman added that the Vehicle Safety Law prohibits manufacturers from selling defective cars that pose unreasonable safety risks. This includes “technologies that distract drivers from driving safely,” the spokesperson said.
Gizmodo reached out to Tesla for comment on Thursday but has not received a response at press time. Given that the auto maker Solve the press department in it, it is unlikely that we will receive an answer. However, we will make sure to update this article in the rare case the company returns to us.