NHTSA has conducted a formal safety investigation on 580,000 Tesla vehicles sold since 2017, because the automaker decided to allow games to be played on the front center touch screen while the vehicle was driving.

This feature is called passenger games and may distract the driver and increase the risk of collision

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This feature is called passenger games and may distract the driver and increase the risk of collision

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said on Thursday electric car maker Tesla Inc. will stop allowing video games to be played on vehicle screens while its cars are in motion. Previously, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced on Wednesday that it had conducted a formal safety investigation on 580,000 Tesla vehicles sold since 2017. Play games on the touch screen.

NHTSA stated this feature, known as the “passenger game”, may distract the driver and increase the risk of crashes. A spokesperson for the agency said in a statement that Tesla has notified NHTSA that the software update will lock the “passenger playback” function and make it unavailable when the vehicle is driving.

The agency stated: “NHTSA continuously evaluates how manufacturers can identify and prevent distractions may be caused by malfunctions, misuse, or anticipated use of convenience technologies (including infotainment screens).” Tesla did not immediately respond to Reuters’ comment. ask.

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After a series of crashes involving the system and parked emergency vehicles, NHTSA conducted a safety investigation on 765,000 Tesla vehicles through its Autopilot system in August

Safety advocates worry drivers may lose concentration on the road, especially when Tesla vehicles are operating in a -autonomous mode called Autopilot.

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According to a report from the National Transportation Safety Board, a fatal crash occurred in a Tesla car operating in Autopilot in California in 2018, and the driver’s distraction-possibly from a mobile game app-was the cause of the fatal accident one.

After a series of accidents involving the system and parked emergency vehicles, NHTSA conducted a safety investigation on 765,000 Tesla vehicles through its Autopilot system in August.

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