to khabarkhodro,The NHTSA recently announced it was launching an investigation
that concerned some 580,000 that had this gaming feature.
has confirmed that it will be disabling the Passenger Play feature of the Tesla
Arcade on-board gaming hub after coming under fire from the National Highway
Traffic Safety Administration. The NHTSA deemed this feature a safety hazard
arguing that even though it’s meant for the passengers, the driver could easily
bypass the safety feature and play games while at the wheel.
only feature implemented by Tesla to prevent the driver from accessing gaming
while on the move was a simple button on screen that could be easily placed by
people sitting in either front seat. Now Teslarati received a statement from
the NHTSA confirming the fact that Tesla had agreed to disable the feature
until further notice. The statement says
the opening of a preliminary evaluation of Tesla’s "Passenger Play,” Tesla informed
the agency that it is changing the functionality of this feature. In a new
software update, "Passenger Play” will now be locked and unusable when the
vehicle is in motion. The Agency maintains regular discussions with all
manufacturers to discuss potential safety concerns of these systems, including
Tesla’s response to our concerns about this feature.
Vehicle Safety Act prohibits manufacturers from selling vehicles with defects
posing unreasonable risks to safety, including technologies that distract
drivers from driving safely. NHTSA constantly assesses how manufacturers
identify and safeguard against distraction hazards that may arise due to
faults, misuse, or intended use of convenience technologies, including
will continue to do so. NHTSA also reviews consumer complaints and a massive
amount of data that companies are required to submit on a regular basis,
looking for evidence of safety risks. If the data show that such a risk may
exist, NHTSA will act immediately.
will therefore only allow access to the gaming feature when the vehicle is
completely stationary. We don’t know exactly when the update that locks it will
be rolled out, but it’s safe to assume this will be one of the changes made by
the next over-the-air update from the manufacturer.