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Germany banned touch-screen wipers on Tesla after driver involved in accident

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Germany banned touch-screen wipers on Tesla after driver involved in accident
German authorities banned to use Tesla’s touchscreen wiper control system after a local driver was involved in an accident and lost his license.
Incident occurred in the city of Karlsruhe back in March 2019, but the court ruled on the case recently. The owner of a Tesla Model 3 was caught in heavy rain on his way home. He was trying to adjust the windshield wipers, looking for the appropriate menu in the multimedia system. As a result, the man was distracted from the road and drove to the side of the road, hitting some trees. The court fined him 200 euros and revoked his license for a month.
The wipers themselves in Tesla are activated in the traditional way with the lever under the steering wheel. But it is possible to set the interval of their operation only through the screen in the console. In this case, the court found that it took too long to adjust the wipers.
The driver did not acknowledge the decision, and the case went to the Higher Regional Court (OLG). The OLG judge ruled : "The touch screen installed in a Tesla vehicle is an electronic device under the provisions of Article 23 (1a) (1) StVO 1 and 2, the use of which by the driver of the vehicle is allowed only under the terms of that rule. It does not matter what purpose the driver has in carrying out this operation, so the adjustment of the functions necessary to operate the vehicle via the touch screen is only allowed if it is done quickly."
Thus, the use of a touchscreen is recognized as legal only to enable "functions necessary to operate the automobile."
The other day Tesla CEO Elon Musk responded to claims by automakers that his company is leading the way in several areas of electric vehicle development. He stated that his company is open to licensing software as well as supplying drivetrains and batteries. Tesla would also be willing to license its autopilot.

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