Tesla Arcade has been round since mid-2019, providing in style video games — like “Seashore Buggy Racing 2” and “Cuphead” — to cross the time whereas the automobile is charging or in any other case parked. When Tesla Arcade was initially launched, there have been security restrictions in place to make sure that any recreation performed inside a Tesla system might solely be performed if the automobile was in park. Someplace alongside the way in which, nonetheless, this was now not the case.
On the finish of 2021, roughly 580,000 Tesla automobiles and SUVs fell below a preliminary security investigation by the U.S. Division of Transportation’s Nationwide Freeway Visitors Security Administration (NHTSA). This wasn’t even prompted by a crash or one other incident, fortunately, however attributable to a criticism filed to the Workplace of Defects Investigation (ODI) in November 2021.
By the investigation, it was revealed that Tesla launched the Passenger Play function with an replace in December 2020. Passenger Play allowed video games to be performed whereas the automobile was shifting, so long as the passenger pressed a button confirming that they had been the one enjoying a recreation, and never the driving force. Passenger Play was supplied on the Mannequin 3, Mannequin S, Mannequin X, and Mannequin Y autos — which quantities to over half one million Tesla autos.
Shortly after the investigation was launched, the Passenger Play function was faraway from the 580,000 Tesla autos that had it. Whereas it could be enjoyable to play video games as a Tesla passenger, the protection dangers are too excessive — for each the folks within the Tesla and everybody else on the highway.