Tesla has officially released two features for its electric vehicles, aimed at protecting the love of owners: their car and pets, because the company strives to use its ability to provide a continuous stream of new opportunities through software updates over the air.
Tesla director Elon Musk has been tweeting about these two functions for weeks now, known as Dog mode and Sentry mode. And now they are here for electric vehicles equipped with Enhanced Autopilot and built after August 2017.
Dog mode is intended to achieve two things: keep dogs, or perhaps a hamster or cat, in a climate-controlled environment, if left unattended in a vehicle and let passers-by let their status.
This should be confused with Tesla's Cabin Overheat Prevention function, which in active condition "prevents the indoor temperature from becoming more than 105F / 40C until 12 hours after leaving your vehicle."
Dog mode allows owners to adjust the temperature because they are not allowed to use the overheating of the cab when someone is in the car, children or pets.
To enable dog mode, owners tap the icon of the fan at the bottom of the touchscreen when their car is parked. Owners press "Keep an eye on the climate and then program the temperature limits." The dog mode remains on after you leave your car. If your battery charges less than 20%, you will receive a notification on your mobile app ", according to the information about the software update.
The screen is also new. In the video below, the screen shows the inside temperature of the vehicle and a message that reads: "My owner will come back soon."
Depending on the state and local legislation, it does not matter whether a dog is in a climate environment. And the function can be misused or simply misused. It is never a good idea to leave animals unattended in vehicles for an extended period of time, even with temperature control, especially in certain environments and seasons.
The Sentry mode is slightly more involved. Tesla said in a blog on Wednesday that the "Sentry mode" will continuously monitor the environment around a car when left unattended.
When enabled, Sentry mode switches to a "stand-by" state, such as many home alarm systems, that use the external cameras of the car to detect potential threats. If a minimal threat is detected, such as someone leaning on a car, the Sentry mode switches to a "Warning" status and a message is displayed on the touch screen that the camera is recording .
If a more serious threat is detected, such as someone breaking a window, the Sentry mode switches to an "Alarm" state, which activates the auto alarm, raises the brightness of the center display, and plays music with the maximum volume of the audio system of the car .
Owners receive a warning on their Tesla app when the car switches to "alarm status", according to the company. And because the sentry mode fits like a dash cam into the built-in forward-facing camera, owners can download a video recording of an incident. The downloadable recording starts 10 minutes before a threat is detected, Tesla said.
Sentry mode rolls out Wednesday to US model 3 vehicles, followed by Model S and Model X vehicles built after August 2017.
In October, Tesla released version 9.0 of its software, with a number of updates, including a new user interface on the center display and the ability to use the front-facing camera. The dash cam function is only available in Tesla vehicles built after August 2017.