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Tesla Puts Brakes on Playing Video Games While Driving

  • Company takes action one day after federal investigation began
  • Tesla’s ‘Passenger Play’ will be locked while cars move
A Tesla Model X 

A Tesla Model X 

Photographer: Qilai Shen/Bloomberg

Tesla Inc. is disabling a feature in its vehicles that allowed drivers and passengers to play video games while driving, a U.S. highway-safety regulator said Thursday, one day after opening a formal investigation.

Tesla told the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that it is creating a software update to its cars that lock the game feature when vehicles are in motion, the agency said in an emailed statement.