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Tesla’s ‘Dog Mode’ keeps your dog safe while you’re away from your car

Elon Musk cares about your dog. Images: Getty
Elon Musk cares about your dog. Images: Getty

It’s 30 degrees Celsius and you’re walking to the grocery store when you see an adorable dog locked in a parked car.

The horror.

But wait; the car is a Tesla and the dog is inside a temperature-controlled cabin. In fact, it’s enjoying a comfortable 23 degrees Celsius – you can read it on the dashboard.

This scenario is the idea behind Tesla’s latest update: Dog Mode.

The update allows drivers to climate control their car while it’s parked and display the cabin temperature on the vehicle’s display screen to reassure concerned passersby.

The electric car manufacturer revealed the mode in a tweet on Thursday.

And, founder Elon Musk added, this mode is in addition to Tesla’s existing “Cabin Overheat Protection”.

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This is triggered automatically at high temps to protect babies or pets in cars, he explained on Twitter.

This is what the dashboard looks like:

Sentry Mode

This week Tesla also announced Sentry Mode, which tracks threats to the vehicle and alerts the owner as soon as a serious breach, like a broken window, occurs. When this happens, the car alarms start up, the brightness of the central display is increased and music is played at maximum volume from the car’s audio system.

Additionally, the owner receives a notification from their phone as well as a video recording of the incident, including the 10 minutes before the incident.

Romance Mode

Tesla also has a ‘Romance Mode’ which displays a roaring fire on the dashboard, turns the seat warmers on and even plays music.

This mode can only be used in park.

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