Tesla is planning to release an update that will disable the Passenger Play feature of its vehicles, which will prevent video games from being played on the centre console while an EV is in motion. This information comes amid a new (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) NHTSA investigation of the feature.
The NHTSA Office of Defects Investigation (ODI) launched a preliminary examination of 580,000 Tesla Model 3, S, X, and Y vehicles that are being manufactured between 2017 and 2022. This looks specifically at the passenger play feature, and how it might distract drivers. The ODI said that previously all the games worked on the console, but only when a tesla was in the park.
One day after the investigation started, Tesla told the NHTSA that the feature would be changed if they heard about it from agency officials. The Guardian reports that. However, a representative of the police department said that the investigation would continue despite the update.
It was written in a statement that the NHTSA had said that the vehicle safety act prohibits manufacturers from selling vehicles with defects that pose unreasonable risks to safety. That includes technologies that distract drivers from safe driving.
At this year’s Computex, Tesla announced the tesla model s and model Z Ryzen APU, both with their Navi 23-based graphics. These will allow games like cyberpunk 2077 and the witcher 3 to be played on the infotainment system. Tesla said that the Playstation 5 is able to perform the same 10 teraflops of performance as the Playstation 5. A chip that was developed for Tesla Model Y. It started in China, but it is now making its way to other locations.
Tesla has been the subject of several NHTSA investigations in recent years. Among them, the NHTSA officials have claimed that the Tesla vehicles suddenly started accelerating (they weren’t), touchscreens that did not work, petitions, fatal autopilot crashes, and more.