Game Over: Tesla disables Passenger Play feature while in motion

Toronto, Ontario — No more gaming on the go for Tesla drivers as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that the EV automaker has disabled the ability to play video games while vehicles are in motion.

The NHTSA announced on Wednesday that it had opened a formal safety investigation to look into 580,000 Tesla vehicles sold since 2017 over the automaker’s decision to allow games to be played on the front center touchscreen.

The evaluation covers various 2017 to 2022 Tesla Model 3, S, X, and Y vehicles equipped with the functionality “Passenger Play.”

Tesla says that an over-the-air update is on the way that will lock the Passenger Play feature when vehicles are in motion.

“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,” the agency said.

Tesla did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment.


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