Ever since screens were installed inside vehicles, the question of the distraction they can cause has been front and centre in discussions about on-road safety. But by and large, with simple multimedia screens, drivers have adjusted.
However, with screens continuing to grow in size and complexity, and with the addition of features like the ability to stream shows right on the screen, it was only a matter of time before problems arose.
And there have already been examples. In early 2021, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced it was investigating reports that Tesla's multimedia system allowed drivers to play video games, including Solitaire, while they were supposed to be driving.
Now we have the case of Mercedes-Benz and its flagship luxury sedan. The automaker is being forced to recall some units of its newest EQS and S-Class sedans due to a software error that allows drivers to watch TV… while driving. The recalled cars are equipped with the MBUX multimedia system, which is displayed on a large touchscreen in the dashboard.