Tesla introduces Dog Mode to keep furry friends cool

Hey passersby he's OK. Sad but OK

Hey passersby he's OK. Sad but OK

It's pretty neat, we have to say. They will then need to tap "Keep Climate On to Dog", set the desired temperature, and Dog Mode will be enabled after they leave the vehicle. When in Dog Mode, the center screen of the auto displays a message letting observers know that they won't be long and that their pet is safe. Set Keep Climate On to DOG, make adjustments within temperature limits, then leave knowing your pet will stay comfortable.

Leaving your pet (or child) in a vehicle on a hot day while you're off running errands is a big no-no, as temperatures inside a car's cabin can often reach risky levels. If the vehicle's battery dips under 20 percent while Dog Mode is active, owners are alerted on their smartphones to take action.

It's worth noting some jurisdictions have laws regarding leaving pets unattended in vehicles, so be wary of potentially breaking them.

The same software update also introduces "Sentry Mode".

Sentry Mode continuously monitors your car's surroundings while it's locked and parked.

If a minimal threat is discovered, like someone leaning on the vehicle, it switches to an "alert mode". If a more serious threat occurs such as a window being broken, the alarm activates, the center display gets brighter and the car's audio system plays at maximum volume.

In this mode, the touchscreen gets much brighter, the vehicle alarm sounds and it plays music at maximum volume, drawing as much attention to the scene as possible, and hopefully frightening away the perpetrator. They'll be able to download a video recording of an incident (which begins 10 minutes prior to the time a threat was detected) by inserting a formatted USB drive into their auto before they enable Sentry Mode. The company has revealed that upgraded Tesla vehicles will feature a setting called "Dog Mode", which keeps your pooch safe and comfortable while left alone in the auto.

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