The US Department of Transportation has urged owners of the Apple Vision Pro mixed reality headset not to use the device while driving, even if the car is equipped with a semi-autonomous driving system. The warning is due to the obvious dangers that such practices may pose to users and others.
US Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg via his page on the social network X appealed with a warning to drivers, in which he indicated that all current vehicles require the person behind the wheel to pay maximum attention to the road “on an ongoing basis.” The official decided to make a statement after videos began appearing on the Internet showing drivers using Apple Vision Pro while driving. The minister published one of these videos on his social network page.
“Reminder: All advanced driver assistance systems available today require the human driver to be in control and fully involved in operating the vehicle at all times.”,” Buttigieg wrote.
One video shows a Tesla driver being stopped by police for using an Apple Vision Pro while driving. The driver himself later told Gizmodo that his video was a “joke” that he made with the support of his friends. Still, he added, he used the headset for “30 to 40 seconds” while driving. Apple Vision Pro features image pass-through technology. In other words, it allows you to see the surrounding physical space and overlay digital interactive elements on it, which will certainly distract the driver.
Apple explicitly states in the Vision Pro instructions that users are prohibited from “use the device while operating a car, bicycle, heavy machinery, or in any other situations requiring a person’s attention for safety” The company adds that the Vision Pro is legal for outdoor use.”only in a controlled environment”
“Avoid situations that could cause you to trip and fall, such as uneven terrain or obstacles you might encounter. If you are outdoors, avoid extreme temperatures, rain, fog or any moisture. Apple Vision Pro should not be used near roads or areas where there are moving objects that could pose a hazard.”notes the company.
But this, of course, does not stop users, and videos are already spreading across the Internet where people use the headset in conditions that can hardly be called “controlled environment” The same YouTube platform has already published many videos in which Vision Pro owners skateboard with the headset, move along busy streets and intersections, use the headset in the subway, etc. From the outside it looks strange, but this is the modern world.