Tesla CEO Elon Musk has affirmed that a new feature called Dog Mode will be issued to the organization’s vehicles by means of a software update this week. Addressing his followers on Twitter, Musk additionally said that a second new feature called Sentry Mode will arrive with the same free over-the-air software update.
Dog Mode is intended to keep the vehicle’s interior temperature low when it is left on a hot day. That way, a pet left inside can remain comfortable and not overheat, while likewise getting fresh, filtered air through the climate system.
Moreover, it is expected that Dog Mode will give Tesla owners a chance to show a message on the vehicle’s large dashboard touch screen, informing pedestrians that the dog is sheltered and they don’t have to make a move.
Tesla vehicles effectively offer Cabin Overheat Protection, which keeps the interior at a safe temperature, yet Dog Mode is expected to build on this by including the touch screen messaging system. Dog Mode was first proposed to Musk on Twitter back in October. Musk simply replied “yes” to the suggestion. At the point when asked a week ago when Sentry Mode, another new feature, would arrive, Musk answered: “Sentry Mode (and Dog Mode) roll out one week from now.”
With this time period, almost certainly, the two highlights will touch base between today and February 17.
Likewise recommended by Musk’s Twitter followers, Sentry Mode will record footage with the vehicle’s Autopilot cameras if a window is broken while parked, and play loud music to attract attention. The new feature comes after various Tesla owners detailed break-ins on the web, where thieves smash a window and take whatever is inside.
Some aftermarket dash-cams already offer a feature where they begin recording when a collision is felt while parked. Be that as it may, while these systems typically just offer a view forwards and in reverse, conceivably missing somebody crushing a side window and reaching inside, Tesla’s Sentry Mode should offer more view points, given the eight Autopilot cameras fitted all around the outside of the vehicle.
These will follow an update which arrived on February 10, giving Tesla autos auto-folding wing mirrors and a new blind spot warning system, which chimes when the driver endeavors to make a path change while another vehicle is behind them. The chime can be turned on or off in the vehicle’s settings menu.
Concerning the auto-folding mirrors feature, this can be enabled dependent on the vehicle’s location. For instance, in the event that you park on a large driveway at home, at that point there’s no requirement for the mirrors to fold in when parked. At that point, if your office parking lot is extremely occupied with thin spaces, you can have the vehicle automatically fold its mirrors when turned off at that location.
As is typically the situation, the new features will probably be made available for all recent models of Tesla, including the Model S, Model X and Model 3.