Tesla warns against Apple use on the road
Tesla owners have been warned not to wear Apple's virtual reality headset while driving, following viral videos of drivers doing just that.
US Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg emphasized on X (formerly Twitter) that all vehicles require the driver's full attention at all times. Despite one video being revealed as a prank, the concern remains serious.
Tesla and Apple have not yet responded to the incidents. Online videos depict drivers in autonomous mode Teslas wearing the Apple headset, sparking reminders that even with advanced driver assistance systems, the driver must always be in control.
One video, coinciding with the release of the Apple Vision Pro, showed a driver supposedly being stopped by police while wearing the headset, though it was later admitted to be a staged scene.
Apple's guidelines expressly warn against using the headset while driving, and Tesla advises drivers to maintain control of their vehicles, even in autonomous mode. The Apple Vision Pro, retailing for $3,499 in the US, limits vision in a way that is dangerous for driving, despite its "spatial computing" label and the ability to see through the glass in some modes.
The incident underscores the importance of using technology responsibly, especially when safety is at stake.