Tesla Scrutinized for Allowing Video Games to Be Played While Its Cars Are Moving

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Jason Levine, executive director of the Center for Auto Safety, which lobbies for more stringent auto safety rules, said “it should go without saying that enabling drivers to play or be distracted by video games while operating a multi-ton vehicle at highway speeds is exceedingly dangerous.”

By Keith Laing
December 8, 2021

The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Wednesday it is reviewing a recent software update by Tesla Inc. that allows drivers to play video games on a dashboard screen while the vehicle is moving.

“We are aware of driver concerns and are discussing the feature with the manufacturer,” the agency said in a statement. “The Vehicle Safety Act prohibits manufacturers from selling vehicles with design defects posing unreasonable risks to safety.”

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