Tesla CEO Elon Musk said his fleet of electric vehicles will be getting a “dog mode” to protect pets from overheating. The feature, which will be rolled out next week, will be able to detect when a pet is locked inside the car — and keep the temperature at a safe level. The New Zealand Herald reports: There will also likely be a display or some form of communication to inform passers-by that the dog is safe. The feature was added after Musk was inundated with tweets from customers. In October, one Tesla driver asked him: “Can you put a dog mode on the Tesla Model 3. “Where the music plays and the air conditioning is on, with a display on screen saying ‘I’m fine my owner will be right back?'” Musk replied: “Yes.”
‘Dog mode’ will likely be an extension of Tesla’s Cabin Overheat Protection System. This already prevents temperatures inside the car from reaching unsafe levels when kids or pets are inside. But the screen in Tesla models is likely to now flash a message to pedestrians informing them that the pet inside is safe. The “dog mode” update will be launched at the same time as a “sentry mode” — designed to ward off would-be thieves. Sentry Mode will use the dashcam to record footage in the event of an attempted break-in. And it is rumored the car will play loud classical music through the stereo system to draw attention to the intruder and encourage passersby to call the police.
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