In December, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) opened a preliminary evaluation of Tesla Model 3, S, X and Y 2017-2022 vehicles on the vehicle’s “Passenger Play” feature.
U.S. auto safety regulators get more information from Tesla Inc.
U.S. car safety regulators on Tuesday said they had obtained additional information from Tesla Inc. in its investigation into 580,000 vehicles over the carmaker’s decision to allow games to be played by passengers on the front center touch screen. In December, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) opened a preliminary assessment of Tesla Model 3, S, X and Y 2017-2022 vehicles on the vehicle’s “Passenger Play” feature that the agency said “could distract drivers and improve risk of accident. “
NHTSA wants to record any accident reports associated with the feature and for Tesla to provide a chronology of events and studies that support its risk assessment “in the use of non -front seat driving related tasks from in -vehicle -based devices even if those tasks are intended only for front seat passengers.”
Tesla did not immediately respond to a request for comment
NHTSA said in December it had “confirmed that this capability has been available since December 2020 in vehicles equipped with Tesla ‘Passenger Play’.” Prior to that, the game’s feature was “enabled only when the vehicle was in the parking lot.”
On Dec. 23, Tesla told NHTSA it would stop allowing video games to be played on vehicle screens while its cars were moving, the agency said.
Tesla informed NHTSA that the software update would lock down the “Passenger Play” feature and make it unusable when the vehicle is in motion, NHTSA said.
NHTSA asked Tesla to answer questions by March 4 including providing “trip counts where game use occurs during shift indicators in the drive” and including uses where vehicle sensors do not detect occupants in the front passenger seat. It also wants data that “the game is concurrent with any driver intervention measures or active safety measures.”
The agency in August opened a safety investigation on 765,000 Tesla vehicles through the Autopilot driver assistance system after a series of accidents involving the system and parked emergency vehicles.
The initial assessment is the first step before NHTSA decides whether to upgrade the investigation to engineering analysis, which must occur before the agency can claim a recall.
On Nov. 29, Mercedes-Benz Daimler recalled 227 U.S. vehicles because the vehicle’s infotainment system “may have allowed the activation of television and internet displays while driving, causing disruption to drivers.”
In 2013, NHTSA issued guidelines to encourage automakers “to take driver safety and prevention of interference into their design and use of infotainment devices in vehicles.”
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