New special features for Tesla EVs
With the latest over-the-air update, Tesla has rolled out a couple of very useful features that uses the various existing sensors and cameras on car to offer new safety options.
The first is Dog Mode: this feature uses automatic sensors to maintain a comfortable temperature for pets (and children too) inside the vehicle for a short time, while also displaying a message in giant letters to passers-by who might become concerned for pets left in the car. The message will tell anyone looking inside the car that the owner will return soon and display interior temperature.
Back in 2016, Tesla already offered a cabin overheat protection feature - a more basic version of automatic climate control for when the car is turned off. Dog Mode is the upgrade, offering more user-adjustable settings.
The second feature is Sentry Mode: This will activate exterior cameras if it detects people near the vehicle and will display a message on the central screen notifying anyone who might be looking inside the vehicle that the car is using cameras to record them.
In case someone actually breaks a window, the alarm will activate, and the car will also blare music at the maximum volume setting to attract the passers-by attention.