Elon Musk’s Tesla will no longer allow drivers to play video games in the car

Tesla has announced that it will no longer allow drivers to use their cars' touchscreens to play video games whilst the cars are in motion.

This decision comes following an investigation by federal safety regulators in the US.

A statement from a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) spokesperson said: "In a new software update, 'Passenger Play' will now be locked and unusable when the vehicle is in motion."

Prior to December 2020, 'Passenger Play' was only enabled when the vehicle was parked, but that was changed and the feature could be engaged at any time from that date, CNN reports.

While 'Passenger Play's' name suggests it was intended to be played by passengers, nothing prevented drivers from also playing while the car was being driven.

According to the NHTSA, even if the game is being played by a passenger and not the driver, it "may distract the driver and increase the risk of a crash".

Tesla has also been providing driver-assist features that allow its cars to slow down, speed up, and even change lanes without active participation from the driver.

The company cautions that drivers using such features, known as "Autopilot" and full self-driving (FSD), must stay alert and keep their hands on the wheel.

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But Tesla has been criticised for making it easier for drivers to not pay attention, as well as for a number of crashes involving cars in Autopilot mode.

US regulators are highlighting distracted driving as a major safety hazard on American roads.

According to the NHTSA, 3,142 people were killed in 2019 due to accidents involving distracted drivers.

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