Tesla owners have been reminded to keep their eyes on the road after videos of drivers wearing Apple's virtual reality headsets went viral.
US Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg posted on X (formerly Twitter) to say that all current vehicles require driver engagement “at all times.”
However, one of the drivers admitted that his video was a joke.
Tesla and Apple have been contacted for comment.
Videos posted online show people in the driver's seats of cars with self-driving mode, while wearing Apple Headphones over their eyes.
One was reposted by Pete Buttigieg, who wrote: “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.”
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Another video, posted on the day the Apple Vision Pro became available to the public, showed a man who appeared to be stopped by police while wearing the headset in a Tesla car.
However, Gizmodo reported that he said it was a “skit” he did with friends, and stated that he “drove with the headset on for 30-40 seconds.”
Apple's user guide warns against using headphones while driving, while Tesla says drivers should always “maintain control and responsibility of your vehicle,” even when it's in self-driving mode.
The Apple Vision Pro headset goes on sale in the US on February 2, priced at $3,499 (£2,749). There is no release date for it in the UK.
While users can see through the glass in some modes, it will still severely restrict visibility while driving.
The company tried to stay away from calling it virtual reality or any other similar name, and instead referred to it as “spatial computing.”
“Do not describe your app experience as augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR), extended reality (XR), or mixed reality (MR),” she said in a statement. Blog post Target developers.
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