US authorities are now to inspect over half a million Tesla vehicles. The reason? The driver has had the opportunity to play computer games for some time – while driving.
After several testimonies and countless Youtube videos The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) – part of the US equivalent of the Swedish Transport Agency – has finally reacted. The authority has opened a case where it will review an estimated 580,000 Tesla Model 3, Model S and Model X vehicles sold between 2017 and 2022. It reports The Verge.
The authority writes that this happens “based on reports that gaming functions, visible to the driver on the front panel’s touch screen, are activated even when the vehicle is being driven. This feature, called Passenger Play, can distract the driver and increase the risk of a car accident.
Anyone who wants to play while driving must click a button to confirm it is a passenger, but there is nothing to stop the driver from lying to the system. The fact that Tesla vehicles also have an autopilot function means that some fear that some drivers may put entertainment before safety.
Tesla has so far not commented on NHTSA’s review.
Source: Nyteknik – Senaste nytt by www.nyteknik.se.
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