The US Secretary of Transportation, Pete Buttigieg, said on Monday that drivers need to be attentive at all times while driving, following the viralization of videos showing people operating Teslas with what appeared to be Apple’s recently released Vision Pro virtual reality glasses.
Buttigieg responded to a video with more than 24 million views of a driver in a Tesla who appeared to be gesturing with their hands to manipulate a virtual reality field.
“Reminder — ALL advanced driver assist systems nowadays require the human driver to be in control and fully engaged in the task of driving,” said Buttigieg.
The Apple Vision Pro was launched last week and blends three-dimensional digital content with a view of the outside world.
Apple, which claims that people should never use it while driving a moving vehicle, initially did not respond to requests for comments.
Tesla also did not immediately respond to the request for comments.
This is not the first time Buttigieg has issued a warning. Previously, he made similar statements regarding the use of Tesla’s autopilot feature.
Tesla states that its advanced features are intended for use by a fully attentive driver “who has their hands on the wheel and is prepared to take control at any time.”