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Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Video game drivers? America is investigating the Tesla case

DETROIT — Last August, Vince Patton was watching a YouTube video of a Tesla owner who made a startling observation: Tesla drivers can now play a video game on their car’s touch-screen dashboard — while the vehicle is moving. .

Eager to see himself, Patton drove his own 2021 Tesla Model 3 to an empty community college parking lot, activated a game called “Sky Force Reloaded” from a menu, and did a few loops.

“I was just amazed that, yes, of course, this sophisticated video game came through,” said Patton, 59, a retired broadcast journalist who lives near Portland, Ore.

He also tried solitaire, and was able to activate that game while driving. Later, he found that he could browse the Internet while his car was in motion.

Patton, who loves his car and says he has nothing against Tesla, worries that drivers will play the game and become dangerously distracted.

“Someone’s going to be murdered,” he said. “It’s absolutely crazy.”

That’s why earlier last month, Patton decided to file a complaint with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the government’s road safety agency.

“NHTSA is required to prohibit all live video in the front seat and all live interactive web browsing while the car is in motion,” Patton wrote in its complaint. “Creating a dangerous distraction for the driver is negligent carelessness.”

On December 8, NHTSA confirmed that it was looking into the matter. Patton’s complaint was first reported by The New York Times.

“We are aware of the driver’s concerns and are discussing the feature with the manufacturer,” an NHTSA spokesperson wrote in an email. “The Vehicle Safety Act prohibits manufacturers from selling vehicles with design defects that pose an unreasonable risk to safety.”

The spokesperson declined to provide further details about his conversations with Tesla. The agency had not opened a formal investigation, which would involve requests for documents and other detailed information. Tesla, which has dissolved its media relations department, did not respond to messages from the Associated Press.

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