Mercedes-Benz has released a server-side update to fix the oversight it allowed owners EQS EV and newer S-Class sedans to watch video content on screens found in those cars while they were on the move. In the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration noticed Consumer reports editor the carmaker says it found a “faulty configuration” on its back-end server in November that may have been installed on some vehicles. It is estimated that almost 227 cars were affected by the oversight. And while Mercedes is unaware of any collisions, it is moving forward with a recall.
News of the decision comes in the same week as a from New York Times he said tesla had recently updated its vehicles to allow passengers to play selected games even while their car was moving. “Solitaire is a game for everyone, but playing while the car is moving is only for passengers, ”reads the company’s infotainment system after someone launches the title. It is possible for the driver to bypass that warning and then play the game. This is a feature that NHTSA says is in contact with Tesla.
“The Vehicle Safety Act prohibits manufacturers from selling vehicles with design flaws that pose an unreasonable risk to safety,” a spokesman for the agency told Engadget. In 2019, NHTSA said 3,142 people in the U.S. were killed in accidents involving distracted drivers.
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