Seeing dogs left in cars, especially on hot summer days, is upsetting. The same goes for children.
Regardless of the reasoning, it happens. So Tesla has come up with a way to protect all good doggos.
Dog Mode regulates the temperature in the car for your fur babies, while also letting passersby know that they're okay. The dash display will show the current temperature inside the vehicle, with a message saying that the owner will be back soon.
Here's what Tesla had to say about it:
"Keep your dog comfortable in your car while letting people passing by know they don’t need to worry with Dog Mode. In addition to keeping the climate control on, the touchscreen will display the current cabin temperature.
To enable Dog Mode, tap the fan icon at the bottom of the touchscreen when your car is parked. Set Keep Climate On to DOG, make adjustments within temperature limits, then leave knowing your pet will stay comfortable. Dog Mode will stay on after you leave your car."
If you're worried about how the car battery might impact on Dog Mode, you'll receive a notification in the Tesla Mobile app if it drops below 20% charge.
Dog Mode will be available via software upgrade, along with a new Sentry Mode that warns against dangers while the car is in park, and a dashcam upgrade that will record and store footage from the side cameras.
This initiative is really cool, but should still not be taken as an excuse to keep your dogs cooped up in the car for long periods. Responsible pet owners should only use this mode if they aren't able to take their dogs with them on a short errand - such as into a shop, school ground, etc.
It's also worth remembering that state laws regarding animal cruelty - you can be fined for leaving dogs unattended in your car. Passersby and law enforcement may not realise that your pup is being looked after by such a new technology inside the vehicle.