Viral videos of people drive while wearing Apple's Vision Pro have horrified the public in recent days and forced the White House to say: please don't be stupid.
It only took a few hours after Apple released its new helmet for $3,500 for videos to appear of people using the gadget while driving, an act that clearly puts the public at risk, and racking up millions of views. Two of the most viewed videos feature people in Tesla vehicles, including one Monstrous Cybertruckwhich are equipped with driver assistance systems This can help drivers with tasks such as steering, cruise control, and parking.
Despite the names of the systems – Autopilot, Enhanced Autopilot and Fully Autonomous Driving – none of them allow Tesla vehicles to drive themselves and require drivers to be alert and keep their hands on the wheel at all times.
On Monday, the videos caught the attention of Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, who felt the need to remind these reckless drivers that obstructing their vision with the Apple Vision Pro in a non-self-driving car is a bad idea.
“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,” Buttigieg said in an article on X, the Network social formerly known as Twitter, owned by Tesla CEO Elon. Musk. Musk has remained silent on the incidents and did not respond to Gizmodo's request for comment.
Driving while wearing AR/VR headsets is illegal in some states, such as Alaska. Austin McDaniel, communications director for the Alaska Department of Public Safety, said in an email that use of these devices falls under state law regulating the use of screens while driving. This is considered a misdemeanor in Alaska and may constitute a criminal act if the person's conduct causes the injury or death of another person.
At least one of the drivers behind the viral videos was only doing it as a joke, an even more disturbing revelation considering there were other people on the road. Dante Lentini, 21 years old told Gizmodo On Monday, the video of him driving a Tesla carrying the Apple Vision Pro was a “sketch.” In part of the video, Lentini is shown without his hands on the wheel, although the 21-year-old claims he only drove with the helmet on for a total of 30 to 40 seconds to make the video.
It is not clear whether the driver in the Cybertruck staged video of himself using the Apple Vision Pro while driving. Given that the video appears to have been recorded by someone in the car driving alongside the Cybertruck, this seems unlikely. Gizmodo has not confirmed the identity of the driver in the video.
Apple explicitly warns users against using the Vision Pro while driving in its user guide. Neither Apple nor Tesla responded to requests for comment on the viral incidents.
“Never use Apple Vision Pro while operating a moving vehicle, riding a bicycle, operating heavy machinery, or in any other situation requiring special attention to safety,” Apple says in its report. VisionPro User Guide.