The American Agency for Traffic Safety (NHTSA) announced that it has formally opened an investigation into 580,000 Tesla cars sold since 2017 due to the decision of this manufacturer to allow video games to be played on the central screen in the cabin.
The agency states that the preliminary investigation refers to the Model 3, S, X, and Y produced from 2017 to 2022. The Passenger Play feature can distract drivers and increase the risk of a collision, the statement said.
NHTSA has announced that it has been confirmed that this option has been available in Tesla cars since December 2020 and that previously it could only be activated when the vehicle is in parking mode.
The agency will “evaluate aspects of this feature, including the frequency and usage scenarios of Tesla’s Passenger Play.”
According to an earlier NHTSA report, driver distractions are responsible for a large number of deaths in road accidents in the United States. Only in 2019, there were 2019. Proponents of strengthening traffic safety note that the official numbers are probably not realistic, as a large number of drivers after the collision do not want to admit that their attention was diverted.
The Times previously reported that Tesla’s new software update brought three games to car systems, with the accompanying note that playing them while the vehicle is moving is only approved for passengers.
Source: Nacionalna Klasa by www.nacionalnaklasa.com.
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