NHTSA requests more information from Tesla regarding in-vehicle gaming investigation

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is requesting more information from Tesla in relation to its investigation into 580,000 Tesla vehicles.

The investigation concerns “Passenger Play”, which gave drivers the ability to play video games while the vehicle is in motion.

Tesla has since released a software update to disable the feature in all cars.

According to a report by Reuters, the NHTSA has requested any crash reports that are related to Passenger Play.

The safety agency is also requesting the automaker provide any studies and other information supporting its risk assessment “in employment of front seat non-driving related tasks from in-vehicle based devices even if the task is intended only for front seat passenger.”

Additionally, Tesla must provide “trip counts in which game use occurred while the shift indicator was in drive” and usage where vehicle sensors did not detect an occupant in the front passenger seat.

The NHTSA also wants data where “gameplay was concurrent with any driver intervention measures or active safety measures.”

Tesla must provide a response by March 4, 2022.

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