Here's an interesting one. While the article is focused on the stock and risks and such, it's interesting to hear that Tesla may be taking some heat for being out of compliance with current "voluntary guidelines". I presume we're talking about the nanny rules which today cripple the address input on my Toyota and Ford vehicles while in motion, requiring that I pull over before my wife can input an address into the nav.
Here is the article:
An except from the article:
NHTSA, has issued a set of voluntary guidelines to help cut down on secondary tasks that it believes "interfere inherently with a driver's ability to safely control the vehicle." The list includes in-vehicle electronic devices the driver uses to perform secondary tasks such as navigation, communications, and entertainment.
But the guidelines are "voluntary," right? Well, according to StrategyAnalytics, Tesla Motors might be facing the NHTSA's hot seat, again, because of its 17-inch touch display. Is this something Tesla investors should worry about?
Is it more than a rumor?
StrategyAnalytics states, "The word on the street is that prior to his formal resignation and departure from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) three weeks ago, [chief administrator David] Strickland initiated a preliminary investigation regarding Tesla's lack of cooperation regarding NHTSA's revised driver distraction guidelines."
Further, StategyAnalystics, says: "The revised NHTSA guidelines govern everything from the display of images and text, to moving map images, scrolling lists, and manual text entry. The Tesla Model S allows drivers to freely browse the Internet, scroll lists, manually enter information, and view Web pages while driving – all on the vehicle's 17-inch touch display."
... (and here's the bad part) ...
However, if the NHTSA finds that Tesla's touchscreen interface is a serious distraction to drivers, even though the steering wheel also has controls that the driver can use, it's feasible that Tesla could remedy the problem by sending out an over-the-air update that disables the touchscreen while driving.
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