We said in January that we were very impressed with the gaming PC built into the Tesla Model S in 2021. CEO Elon Musk said that this PC is powerful enough to play Cyberpunk 2077. It can be accessed from any seat in the car via a wireless controller, and it seems like a good way to kill time while the car is charging. However, we assume that it cannot be played in the driver’s seat while the car is driving.
Facts have proved that our hopes have failed.This New York Times It was reported earlier this week that it is now actually possible to play some games on the Tesla dashboard screen while the car is driving: not Cyberpunk 2077 (as far as I know, anyway), but added through a software update Games, including Sky Force Reloaded, Battle of Multitopia: Moonrise, and timeless classic Solitaire, will be updated at the end of 2020.
For almost a whole year, no one noticed the ability to play games while driving (this is indeed a great blessing), but according to the New York Times, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said it was investigating this situation.
“We are aware of the driver’s concerns and are discussing this feature with the manufacturer,” the agency sent to Bloomberg“The Vehicle Safety Law prohibits manufacturers from selling vehicles whose design flaws pose an unreasonable risk to safety.”
Unrestricted access to the game may actually be a flaw. As the New York Times reported, before these new additions, Tesla’s built-in games could only be played when the car was parked in the parking lot. But this seems to be intentional: the message that pops up when Solitaire starts up warns that “playing the game while the car is driving is for passenger use only”, which clearly shows that Tesla is very aware that the game is running while the car is driving. It is necessary to click on the screen before playing to confirm that you are a passenger and not a driver, but it is also necessary to read the EULA and be at least 18 years old to access various websites. We all know what’s going on.
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Frankly speaking, this is dangerous. When driving 4,000 pounds of steel and glass on the streets of a residential area, it is a very stupid idea to hang out on a large touch screen, no matter what you are doing, but at least traditional applications such as GPS and audio players are not designed to last conduct. (According to the record, this is not a reason to fiddle with them while you are driving. Pull your butt over and figure out where you are.) On the other hand, games are designed to attract and keep your attention, which is definitely what you do. made no Want to happen while you are driving.
In some jurisdictions, this is also very illegal.The 24 U.S. states prohibit all drivers from using hand-held mobile phones while driving. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has a whole section on Distracted driving, Which caused more than 3,100 deaths in the United States in 2019; in Ontario, Canada, where I live, being arrested for distracted driving will result in huge fines and cancellation of licenses. This can be simple things like picking up your phone to check the time-imagine you are playing bullet hell when you explode on the highway at 65 mph.
Tesla has not publicly commented on this potentially fatal new feature/bug. I have contacted the comments for more information, and I will update if I receive a response.