Tesla Owners Are Playing Video Games While Driving

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Tesla Owners Are Playing Video Games While Driving
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Tesla has gained its fair share of interest from regulators and safety advocates in recent months over the fraught deployment of its “Full Self Driving” beta system, but it has so far managed to largely avoid scrutiny over its decision to quietly add in the ability to play video games while during.

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Videos of reviewers and drivers accessing the game while in motion have popped up on YouTube and were noticed by the New York Times this week. While gaming in a Teslas isn’t new, (the company started adding arcade-style games back in 2019) doing saw while the vehicles are out of park is.

According to the Times, that particular feature was shipped over the summer as part of an over-the-air update. The update included three new games—Solitaire, Sky Force Reloaded, and The Battle of Polytopia: Moonrise—all of which are allegedly playable while driving. When these games are launched, the user is shown a warning saying the game should only be played by the passenger. There is nothing currently stopping the driver from simply lying and starting up the game regardless, according to the report.

Tesla didn’t immediately respond to Gizmodo’s request for comment.