Tesla blocks entry to video video games on the principle show whereas the automobile is in movement


In 2021 Jordan Myers bought his dream car: a Tesla Model 3.

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Tesla is releasing a software update to prevent drivers from playing video games on the car’s entertainment system while driving, according to a statement by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Thursday.

The NHTSA said Wednesday that it has opened an investigation into 580,000 Tesla Model 3, Model S and Model X sold between 2017 and 2022 after receiving a complaint in August. The agency said it is looking to see if drivers could be distracted by playing games on the car’s main display with the ‘Passenger Play’ feature.

“After opening a preliminary evaluation of Tesla’s ‘Passenger Play’, Tesla informed the agency that the functionality of this feature would be changed,” an NHTSA spokesman said in a statement sent via email. “In a new software update, ‘Passenger Play’ is now blocked and unusable when the vehicle is in motion.”

The agency is closely monitoring Tesla.

The NHTSA announced earlier this month that it was communicating with the electric car maker about faulty autopilot cameras in some of the vehicles the company has produced in Fremont, California. CNBC previously reported that Tesla is replacing repeater cameras in some of its US-made vehicles after faulty circuit boards were found inside.

– CNBC’s Lora Kolodny contributed to this report.

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