The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has launched a formal investigation into Tesla. The reason is that drivers can play video games while the car is moving.
RBC-Ukraine Auto reports this with a link to CarScoops.
Earlier it was reported that the MBUX infotainment system on the Mercedes-Benz S-Class sedan and on the EQS flagship electric vehicle does not disable access to TV broadcasting while driving, and watching video while driving distracts the driver from the road. As a result, more than 200 cars were recalled.
Now Tesla electric vehicles are under investigation because of the possibility to play on the multimedia system screen while driving. The investigation is being carried out against 580 thousand Tesla Model X, S, Y and 3 electric vehicles equipped with the “Passenger Play” function. Prior to the release of this feature in December 2020, interactive games could only be played while the car was parked.
Now, in order to start the game, the driver only needs to confirm that he is … a passenger. But even if the front passenger is playing, content that takes up 2/3 of the screen will distract the driver from the road. This is not safe.
NHTSA recently reported that distracted driving resulted in 3142 road fatalities in 2019 alone. In any case, in order to fix the problem, Tesla does not have to physically recall half a million cars for service – the firmware update will arrive “by air”. Just like she activated the ill-fated Passenger Play feature.
Recall that Tesla has launched electric cars with old batteries on sale. The capacity of these batteries is 12% below the nominal value.