Tesla confirmed this weekend the launch of an update to prevent users of its electronic cars from playing games while the vehicle is in motion. The company is launching this measure after being the subject of an investigation by U.S. authorities concerned about its misuse.
“The Vehicle Safety Act prohibits manufacturers from selling vehicles with bugs that present unreasonable safety risks, including technologies capable of distracting drivers from driving safely,” NHTSA said in a statement.
To put the reader in context, the NHTSA showed its concern about the Passenger Play introduced by Tesla in more than 580,000 vehicles of the brand that, among other “attractions” allowed passengers to “enjoy” different experiences on the touch screen placed by the manufacturer in the center of the dashboard, being a powerful distraction for drivers who could also interact with it.
Now, Tesla has guaranteed the NHTSA the immediate distribution of an update to disable its use when the vehicle is in motion. At the moment it is unknown whether Passenger Play has been involved in any accidents.