U.S. Transportation Secretary Expresses Concern over VR Headsets

U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg on February 5 warned drivers to pay attention at all times when behind the wheel of an automobile after videos emerged of people wearing virtual reality (VR) headsets while driving.

Buttigieg responded on X, formerly Twitter, to a video of a Tesla driver who appeared to be gesturing with his hands to manipulate a virtual reality field while wearing Apple’s Vision Pro headset.

“Reminder – ALL advanced driver assistance systems available today require the human driver to be in control and fully engaged in the driving task at all times,” says Buttigieg.

The video shows a Tesla Cybertruck driver using the newly released VR headset while driving, sparking concerns about distracted driving and safety.

The transportation chief says even though many vehicles come with advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), all current systems still require drivers to be fully engaged while driving, which means staying in control and ready to take over the controls at any moment.

According to Buttigieg, Tesla’s Autopilot system and other advanced features are intended for use with a fully attentive driver “who has their hands on the wheel and is prepared to take over at any moment.”

Released last week, Apple’s Vision Pro headset merges three-dimensional digital content with a view of the outside world. The technology company advises against using the headset while driving.

Video here.

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