Vince Patton, who recently bought Tesla model 3 filed a complaint with the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) after discovering the video game playing and browsing feature in his newly purchased car.
In August, Vince Patton was watching a video of a Tesla owner who was fascinated with the new feature in Tesla cars that allows the drivers to play video games on the touchscreen while the car is accelerating.
Tesla added a new feature to most of its cars: video games that can be played while driving.— The New York Times (@nytimes) December 7, 2021
The games, sent out in a software update this summer, raised fresh questions about whether the company is compromising safety as it rushes to add new tech.https://t.co/498hEkTaAf
Curious Vince Patton tried out the feature in his new Tesla 2021 model. He drove the car in a clear community parking lot and played the “Sky Force Reloaded” game.
“I was just dumbfounded that, yes, sure enough, this sophisticated video game came up,” said the retired journalist, Vince Patton, 59.
Then he tried another one, called Solitaire while driving his car. Later he also discovered that the car allows him to browse on the touchscreen while driving.
Patton who just loves his new purchase and holds nothing against the company is worried about the drivers who could get dangerously affected by this feature.
“Somebody’s going to get killed,” said Patton. “It’s absolutely insane.”
Thereby, he decided to file a complaint against it with the govt road safety agency, NHSA.
“NHTSA needs to prohibit all live video in the front seat and all live interactive web browsing while the car is in motion,” Patton documented in his complaint. “Creating a dangerous distraction for the driver is recklessly negligent.”
On Wednesday, the agency revealed that it is looking into the matter and will let everyone know about the outcomes soon. New York Times first broke the complaint news on Tuesday.
“We are aware of driver concerns and are discussing the feature with the manufacturer,” wrote an NHTSA representative in an email. “The Vehicle Safety Act prohibits manufacturers from selling vehicles with design defects posing unreasonable risks to safety.”
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