Apple Vision Pro Explicity Reminds Users Not To Drive a Car While Wearing The Device

Apple customer trying the Apple Vision Pro at the New York City store on February 2nd, 2024
Apple customer trying the Apple Vision Pro at the New York City store on February 2nd, 2024

The Apple Vision Pro is the newest exciting product that arrived in stores across the U.S. over the weekend and it has left people impressed by its high-tech user experience through augmented reality. While the device itself is smart, the same cannot necessarily be said about some of its customers, who have been caught wearing it while actively behind the wheel.

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There have been multiple videos making the rounds on social media of people using the Apple Vision Pro while activating their cars’ self-driving features. One video on Twitter/X shows one user using the headset while driving his Tesla on a multi-lane highway. The 25-second ends with him being surrounded by police vehicles, receiving over 24 million views.

When Thinking Different Goes Wrong

A separate video recorded from a separate vehicle shows a Tesla Cybertruck driver wearing and operating an Apple Vision Pro headset while also utilizing her vehicle’s self-driving ability. In the video, the driver of the Cybertruck can be seen tapping and swiping windows and applications, all while tapping her steering wheel to keep her vehicle driving straight in her lane.

Apple Vision Pro vs. Distracted Driving

Several online users believe that some of these videos are more likely to be staged attempts to go viral and that the actual Apple Vision Pro headsets are not turned on. Whether these videos are real or not, they are still posing a danger to themselves and other drivers on the road.

Apple has even made it clear in the user guide for the Apple Vision Pro how much the device can cause impaired vision, stating “Immersive experiences or loss of device power will block your ability to see.”

The user guide later tells customers to, “Never use Apple Vision Pro while operating a moving vehicle, bicycle, heavy machinery, or in any other situations requiring attention to safety. Using the device in low light conditions may increase the risk of collision with objects in your environment.”

Distracted driving remains the number one cause of auto accidents. In 2023, a study conducted by Agile Rates states that over 80% of drivers admitted to driving while distracted, with most of them being due to their smartphones.

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