Late on Thursday, the US NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) had issued a statement directing the Palo Alto, California-headquartered e-vehicle industry pioneer, Tesla Inc., to disable its vehicles’ front-screen video games, when the cars would be in motion. In point of fact, latest US NHTSA decree on Tesla Inc to stop allowing video games on its cars while moving, came forth a day after the US road and safety regulator had been quoted saying that it had launched a formal safety probe into 580,000 Tesla Inc vehicles sold between 2017 and 2021 regarding the Californian EV industry behemoth’s decision to enable video games on front touchscreens while the cars had been in semi self-driving or semi-autonomous mode, widely called as autopilot. Besides, in a separate statement on late on Thursday, the US NHTSA said that the Tesla Inc functionality, named as ‘passenger play,’ might disquiet the drivers while heightening up the risks of a potential crash.
Tesla Inc set to block front-screen video games on moving vehicles
Nevertheless, followed by the announcement of a formal probe from US NHTSA, a spokesperson for Tesla Inc had told in a separate statement later this week that it would roll out a software update which in effect would block the “Passenger Play” functionality when the vehicles would be in motion.
Following Tesla Inc announcement that it would lock “Passenger Play” feature in any moving Tesla vehicles, the US NHTSA said in a statement, “The 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 infotainment screens”.
Nonetheless, the world’s largest automaker by market cap had declined to comment to over the issue while being asked.