Tesla will no longer allow people to play games in moving vehicles
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Tesla will no longer allow people to play video games on their cars' built-in displays while driving. This change, which was included in Friday's V11 software update, comes after the NHTSA announced an investigation into the feature, which will involve the evaluation of over half a million vehicles.
Nothing, however, prevents a driver from pressing the button and playing a game while on the road. According to The New York Times, the executive director of the Center for Auto Safety stated that "no argument can be made that [the feature] isn't dangerous."
The NHTSA said in an emailed statement that Tesla told them it would change the feature. "The Vehicle Safety Act prohibits manufacturers from selling vehicles with defects that pose unreasonable risks to safety, including technologies that distract drivers from driving safely," according to the statement from the agency.
Over the last year, the regulator has been paying close attention to the automaker. After Tesla crashed into parked emergency vehicles several times, the company launched an investigation into its autopilot feature. It's also been publicly questioned about the company's Full Self Driving Beta, which was given out based on a "safety score" and came with an NDA at first.