Gaming While Driving: Tesla Allows it, Mercedes Announces Recall


Mercedes-Benz has issued a US recall for a similar issue, just days after reports surfaced that Tesla drivers were allowed to play video games on the touchscreen dashboard while driving.

The German automaker said in a document posted Friday by U.S. regulators that the problem had affected 227 vehicles and had already been fixed by updating an internal computer server.

But Mercedes withdrew due to concerns about sporadic driving, and Tesla did not question whether the federal auto safety standards were being applied uniformly by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Philip Kupman, a professor of electrical and computer engineering at Carnegie Mellon University, said: “MB regulators are following the rules as they are supposed to be – contrary to what we see from Tesla.” If the NHTSA does not take action against Tesla, the agency will have one standard for Tesla and another for Mercedes and other carmakers, Kupman said.

The NHTSA did not directly address Double Standard or Tesla, but said in a statement on Friday that federal vehicle safety laws prohibit manufacturers from selling vehicles that pose an unreasonable risk to safety.

The statement said, “Every motor vehicle manufacturer in the United States has the same responsibility to identify such safety flaws in their vehicles free of charge and to repair them promptly.”

The company says it is evaluating how automakers identify and protect the risks of scattering due to errors, misuse or intentional use of the infotainment screen. The NHTSA said it regularly communicates with automakers about concerns, as well as reviews consumer complaints and “seeks to provide evidence of security risks to the large amount of data that companies regularly submit. If data shows that such risks exist, NHTSA will act immediately.” “The agency said.

There was a message left over from Tesla’s comment on Friday, which broke his media relations department.

The Mercedes document states that in some 2021 and 2022 EQS and S model vehicles, drivers can access television programs and the Internet while traveling in cars. The automaker said it intended to disable the features while driving, but that the recalled vehicles had an incorrect computer configuration.

“If a passenger actively selects a function or application while driving, the driver may be confused, which can increase the risk of an accident,” the company wrote in the document. Recalled vehicles have an active and linked “Mercedes Me” account

Mercedes writes that there have been no reports of accidents or injuries from problems discovered in a German company’s car.

Last month, a Tesla owner near Portland, Oregon, filed a complaint with the NHTSA when he discovered that he could play video games while driving and browse the Internet on the screen of his 2021 Tesla Model 3. The agency said Thursday it was in contact with Tesla. About the problem

NHTSA is already investigating why Tesla’s “Autopilot” partially automated driving system crashed into emergency vehicles, and why Tesla did not file a withdrawal document when Tesla updated an over-the-air Internet in an attempt to deal with it. Security issues. Tesla is also examining the effectiveness of “full self-driving” software after it was reported to have crashed.

Tesla says no system can drive vehicles and drivers must always be prepared to intervene.

Jason Levin, executive director of the nonprofit Center for Auto Safety, said the auto industry seems to have reached a point with the infotainment screen where one has to “choose whether one should be able or resistant” to scattered driving.

“We are delighted to see Mercedes take this unreasonable risk to everyone on the road and make repairs, but we urge NHTSA to move quickly to ensure that all screen-based entertainment distractions are eliminated while driving, regardless of the manufacturer.” “Levin said

Mercedes is likely to pay close attention to U.S. safety laws after paying NHTSA 2019 13 million (approximately 98 98.46 million) in 2019 for reporting failure involving recall vehicles.

The automaker agreed to pay and resolve the errors when the agency complained that Mercedes was slow to report safety issues and did not mail the withdrawal notification letters fast enough.

The U.S. unit of Mercedes said at the time that it had not done anything intentionally wrong.


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