Tesla to Restrict Built-In Gaming Features in Cars Following Safety Agency Probe

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FILED - April 21, 2020, Hangzhou, Hangzhou, China: ZhejiangCHINA-Customers buy electric cars at a tesla store in hangzhou, east China's zhejiang province, April 21, 2020...On the same day, tesla began to broadcast live activities on an e-commerce platform for eight days in a row. During the broadcast, tesla will give out rights such as children's electric car, 48-hour test drive right of Model 3 and charging coupon. This is tesla's latest move after it announced last week that it would open an official flagship store in a Chinese e-commerce platform...It is understood that due to the impact of COVID 19 epidemic on offline consumption, tesla has maintained the popularity with users through online live broadcasting since February this year. Some auto industry experts said that at present, the global enterprise digitization process is accelerating comprehensively, tesla cooperated with the third-party e-commerce platform, which will increase tesla's touch points in the e-commerce digital market. (Credit Image: © SIPA Asia via ZUMA Wire Photo: Longwei/SIPA Asia via ZUMA Wire/dpa
FILED - April 21, 2020, Hangzhou, Hangzhou, China: ZhejiangCHINA-Customers buy electric cars at a tesla store in hangzhou, east China's zhejiang province, April 21, 2020...On the same day, tesla began to broadcast live activities on an e-commerce platform for eight days in a row. During the broadcast, tesla will give out rights such as children's electric car, 48-hour test drive right of Model 3 and charging coupon. This is tesla's latest move after it announced last week that it would open an official flagship store in a Chinese e-commerce platform...It is understood that due to the impact of COVID 19 epidemic on offline consumption, tesla has maintained the popularity with users through online live broadcasting since February this year. Some auto industry experts said that at present, the global enterprise digitization process is accelerating comprehensively, tesla cooperated with the third-party e-commerce platform, which will increase tesla's touch points in the e-commerce digital market. (Credit Image: © SIPA Asia via ZUMA Wire Photo: Longwei/SIPA Asia via ZUMA Wire/dpa

Tesla will modify features allowing people to play video games using a built-in touch screen during the ride following the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) investigation, media reported on Friday.

On Wednesday, NHTSA said it opened investigations against electric carmaker Tesla’s models that offered games on a front touch screen over fears that the feature could cause distraction for the driver and increase risks of a crash. At the same time, the agency said there were no known links between any accidents and the feature. Tesla’s Model 3, S, X and Y vehicles from 2017 to 2022 have a functionality called Passenger Play.

On the same day, Tesla started requiring a confirmation that an individual willing to play the games was a passenger, according to the the Wall Street Journal. Video games include solitaire, Sky Force Reloaded and The Battle of Polytopia. Other games are unavailable unless the car is in a park mode.

NHTSA is also conducting an investigation of Tesla’s driver-assistance Autopilot feature following a range of crashes involving Tesla vehicles, the media said.

All new Tesla cars have hardware for self-driving if autonomous driving becomes a norm in the future. That allows them to carry driver features and conveniences typically not found in motorized vehicles.

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