Tesla’s ‘Dog Mode’ to protect pets from hot cars while informing passersby of their safety
Tesla released a new feature called ‘Dog Mode’ that aims to keep unattended pets inside a vehicle at a comfortable temperature while also informing passersby of their safety.
It can take a matter of minutes for a vehicle’s interior cabin temperature to climb to lethal levels for dogs and other pets that are left without air conditioning turned on.
Each year, hundreds of dogs die from heatstroke as a result of their owners leaving them inside a vehicle while running out for a ‘quick errand’.
Tesla’s ‘Dog Mode’ feature looks to alleviate that by keeping a vehicle’s (Model S, Model X, Model 3) climate control on even when the vehicle is turned off.
This update appears to be an extension of the Overheat Cabin Protection amenity that the company released in 2016 as part of its Version 8.0 over-the-air update at the time.
While Overheat Cabin Protection is designed to intermittently activate a vehicle’s air conditioning and prevent the cabin from exceeding 105 Fahrenheit (40 Celsius) when the car is off, Dog Mode will maintain a driver-selected temperature. This includes both cooling and heating.
Dog Mode will also notify passersby of the safety of their pets by displaying a large message on the center touchscreen of a Model S, Model X and Model 3, that reads “My owner will be back soon.
Don’t worry! The A/C is on and it’s [temperature]” and prominently display the temperature setting on screen. It’s worth noting that the message will update depending on whether the vehicle’s climate control calls for heating or cooling. “Don’t worry! The heater is on and it’s [temperature]” reads the message in instances that require cabin heat.