Tesla is letting drivers play video games on the car's touch screen and yeah there's no way this ends badly

Dec 8th

Time was, driving schools warned against distracted driving. Now it's apparently industry standard:

Not long after buying a Tesla Model 3 this summer, Vince Patton saw a YouTube clip highlighting a feature that took him by surprise: three video games that can be played on the large touch screen mounted in front of the dashboard — while driving down the road.

"I thought surely that can't be right," Mr. Patton, a retiree in Lake Oswego, Ore.

But in a parking lot, he gave it a try, and he was able to play a solitaire game on the Model 3 while in motion. "I only did it for like five seconds and then turned it off," he said. "I'm astonished. To me, it just seems inherently dangerous."

The automaker added the games in an over-the-air software update that was sent to most of its cars this summer. They can be played by a driver or by a passenger in full view of the driver, raising fresh questions about whether Tesla is compromising safety as it rushes to add new technologies and features in its cars.

"He was able to play a solitare game..." That's right, the world's most advanced car company is giving you the full Windows 95 experience while you're behind the wheel!

There might be some slight side effects, of course:

But, I mean...solitaire! While you drive! The future is now, folks!


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