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Tesla Pulls the Plug on Gaming While Driving

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The Tesla motor company is pumping the brakes on a feature that allows drivers to play video-games while driving their vehicle, a U.S. highway-safety regulator said Thursday just one day after opening a formal investigation on Tesla.

The “Passenger Play” function allowed games to be played on a touchscreen located at the center of the dashboard at the same time as the car is in motion. Tesla told the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that it is creating a software update to its cars that will lock the game feature when vehicles are in motion, the agency said in a statement via email.

The “Passenger Play” function allowed games on a touchscreen located at the center of the dashboard.

According to the NHTSA, “The Vehicle Safety Act prohibits manufacturers from selling vehicles with defects posing unreasonable risks to safety, including technologies that distract drivers from driving safely." This is the purpose of the investigation of the Tesla motor company.

NHTSA opened an investigation into Tesla’s Autopilot system on Aug. 13 after identifying 11 crashes involving first-responder vehicles since 2018. The announcement was earlier reported by Associated Press.