As expected, Tesla has disabled the ‘Passenger Play’ function that allowed any passenger to access video games, even with the vehicle running.
The decision was made immediately after the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that it had opened a preliminary investigation in this regard.
Preliminary investigation continues
As explained The Washington Post, NHTSA has received the news of Tesla’s decision: “In a new software update, ‘Passenger Play’ now it will be locked and unusable when the vehicle is in motion“, picks up the header.
The update, Electrek says, is already rolling out as part of Tesla’s Christmas update, alongside the new Beta 10.8 software.
However, the preliminary investigation of 580,000 vehicles continues as federal regulators gather additional information about how the center screen and its entertainment functions are used.
The main problem that several users reported to the government agency was that the new update ‘Passenger Play‘made it possible to easily override the safety barrier that prevented someone from playing while the car was in motion at the touch of a button (the’ I’m a passenger ‘button).
“The Vehicle Safety Act prohibits manufacturers from selling vehicles with defects that present safety risks, including technologies that distract drivers from driving safely,” they have said from NHTSA.