Tesla Owners Advised Against Using Apple Virtual Reality Headsets While Driving

Tesla owners have been sternly advised against using Apple’s virtual reality headsets while driving, following the circulation of several videos depicting drivers engaging in this behavior.United States Secretary of Transportation, Pete Buttigieg, via the social media platform X (formerly known as Twitter), reminded that all drivers must always keep their focus on the road “without exception.”

However, one driver confessed that the video they uploaded was merely a joke.

As of now, representatives from Tesla and Apple have not issued any official response regarding this warning.

Videos circulating online show individuals seated in the driver’s seat of Tesla cars equipped with autonomous mode, while wearing Apple headsets over their eyes.

One such video was reposted by Pete Buttigieg, accompanied by the caption: “Reminder – ALL advanced driver assistance systems currently available require the driver to always maintain control and focus entirely on the driving task at all times.”

Another video featured a man seemingly being pulled over by the police for wearing the headset while inside a Tesla, coinciding with the public release of the Apple Vision Pro.

However, according to reports from Gizmodo, the individual claimed that the video was a “sketch” created with friends, where he drove with the headset on for only 30-40 seconds.

Apple’s user guide explicitly warns against using its headset while driving, while Tesla emphasizes that drivers must always “maintain control and responsibility for their vehicle,” even when it is in autonomous mode.x.x.x.x.x.x.x.x.x.x.x

The Apple Vision Pro headset was made available for purchase in the United States on February 2nd, priced at $3,499 (£2,749). Unfortunately, there has been no release date announced for the UK market.

Although users can see through the glass in some modes, the use of the headset would still severely limit visibility while driving.

Apple has endeavored to distance this product from terms like “virtual reality” or similar ones, opting instead to refer 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),” it stated in a blog post directed at developers.

Apart from videos of drivers in cars, numerous videos have been posted on social media showing individuals wearing the headset on the New York subway and at fitness centers.