Only bored passengers get the wrong decision, other passengers win it.
From now on, Tesla will not allow them to play on the infotainment screen of their cars while on the go. The California manufacturer recently unveiled the Passenger Play feature, which turns the central infotainment screen into a split screen so that passengers can play while the vehicle is in motion. The new feature quickly sparked controversy, as drivers can also easily use it to set themselves up as a passenger in the answer to a pre-load question.
The US Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently launched an investigation into the system, as a result of which Tesla has now agreed to change the feature.
“Following the launch of the initial investigation into the Tesla Passenger Play, Tesla has informed the agency that it will change how this feature works,” NHTSA confirmed in a statement to The New York Times.
Previously, the Tesla Passenger Play could only be accessed after someone read the safety warning and confirmed that he or she was a passenger and not a driver. However, the system was unable to determine if the player was right, so violations were coded into its use.
News of the Tesla Passenger Play first emerged earlier this month when Tesla Model 3 owner Vince Patton filed a complaint with NHTSA about the feature. A variety of games are available, including Solitaire and Sky Force Reloaded.
“The Vehicle Safety Act prohibits manufacturers from selling vehicles that pose unreasonably high safety risks, including technologies that distract drivers from driving safely,” the NHTSA said.
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