Surprise! An investigation into Tesla’s gaming feature made people angry

Surprise, surprise: Tesla‘s under formal investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NTHSA) again.

This time, the NHTSA is investigating the Passenger Play feature. This “allows the gameplay to function on the front center touchscreen while the vehicle is in motion and may present a distraction to the driver,” according to the agency’s official report.

As a result, on Wednesday the Office of Defects Investigation (ODI) opened a Preliminary Evaluation (PE), covering 580,000 Tesla Model 3, S, X, and Y vehicles from 2017 to 2022.

How it all started

In a summer over-the-air update, Tesla added three new games to its vehicles: Sky Force Reloaded, Solitaire, and The Battle of Polytopia: Moonrise.

When started, the games display a warning message, saying “Use of Tesla Arcade while the vehicle is in motion is only for passengers. Please check local laws prior to playing.”