US says stop wearing Vision Pro goggles while driving a Tesla
Videos being shared on social media this week depict an almost dystopian, futuristic scene: Tesla drivers in Autopilot mode, wearing Apple Vision Pro headsets, seemingly oblivious to the road in front of them.
The video caused federal transportation officials to issue a warning.
But are people really wearing Apple's new futuristic glasses and mindlessly riding around in a Tesla in Autopilot mode? Or is it just a little bit of all? Part of a never ending cycle of people doing stupid things for clicks, likes, views and influence?
The new glasses have a feature that merges digital apps and one's surroundings into a wider space, and videos of people wearing them in strange settings have started appearing on the Internet since their release on February 2.
Many of the videos taken in the cars appear to be fake, and in many, it is clear that someone other than the driver is recording. The videos are not comprehensive. Still, they seemed carefree enough to allow Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg to vent on social media.
“Reminder – all advanced driver assistance systems available today require the human driver to remain in control and fully engaged in the driving task at all times,” Mr Buttigieg said in a post on It included a video of a driver using a headset in what appeared to be a Tesla Cybertruck pickup.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration also became active on Tuesday. “Driving while wearing a VR headset is reckless and disregards the safety of everyone on the road,” the agency said in a statement.
Dante Lentini, 21, who posted a Video of myself behind the wheel of a moving Tesla wearing the Vision Pro headset“It was all just for content,” he said in an interview.
In the video, Mr. Lentini is seen typing while wearing a headset as introspective piano music plays in the background.
“Think different,” Mr. Lentini wrote on X, an apparent nod to the famous Apple ad campaign of the late 1990s. His video has been viewed more than 24 million times. (One commenter wrote, “I really hope you get arrested for this.”)
Later in the video, it appears that Mr. Lentini has pulled into a parking lot, and in the background are police vehicles with their lights flashing. The way the video has been edited makes it appear that Mr Lentini was stopped for driving while wearing a headset.
But Mr. Lentini said in the interview that police were responding to something else in the area at the time, and that he and someone else had recorded them at “the right moment, the right time.”
He also said that, despite it appearing so in the video, his headset did not have any apps running and he only wore it for about 30 seconds.
“That was just for the video,” he said.
Is this the future? A world in which people can no longer disconnect from the digital realm long enough to focus solely on everyday tasks like social interaction or exercise?
YouTube and TikTok creator Eric Decker, who goes by the name Airrack, posted a Video Mocking “an average day for an Apple Vision Pro owner”, he is seen wearing the headset while lifting weights at the gym, getting his hair cut, going through airport security, walking down the street and even taking a shower. It was also shown that it happened. (The Vision Pro is not waterproof.)
“I really think most of these videos are drama,” Mr. Lentini said. “Only you can tell.”
Still, joke or not, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Tuesday that distracted driving is no joke. The agency said more than 3,500 people died and more than 360,000 were injured in crashes involving distracted driving in the United States in 2021.
“There are no fully autonomous vehicles available for sale today,” the agency said.
Tesla did not immediately respond to a request for comment Tuesday. Apple declined to comment about the video, but noted Safety guidance on its website about how to properly use Vision Pro,
“Never use the device while driving a moving vehicle, bicycle, heavy machinery, or in any other situation requiring attention to safety,” the company says.
Mr. Lentini said the Vision Pro headset has a driving mode feature for passengers that disables the use of many apps.
Apple has introduced the Vision Pro as a “spatial computing” device that allows users to watch videos, send emails, and surf the Internet in an immersive virtual reality. Pricing for the headset starts at $3,499.