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Tesla confirm launch of “Dog Mode”

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Tesla is introducing a “Dog mode,” a new function designed to keep your pup safe.

By Ashley Murphy , 16 Feb 2019

The idea was first suggested a few months by Twitter user Josh Atchley.

Keeping everyone cool

The update follows the release of the new model 3 sedan. These latest electric cars are already fitted with V8 software, which stops the interior overheating. Here's whats Tesla said about the software:

“In an industry-first safety measure, we’re also introducing Cabin Overheat Protect, focused on child (and pet) safety. This feature keeps the car at a safe temperature for hours, even when the car is off. This feature is only made possible by an electric vehicle with Tesla’s uniquely large battery pack.”

Dog mode gets the go ahead

But the new dog mode will do even more. It will include a LED screen to display messages like, "Don't worry. I'm OK. My human will return shortly." The new feature can also play soothing music to keep the dog calm, and you'll get a notification sent to your phone if the car battery drops below 20%. Although there's no official launch date, Tesla has released the following statement.

“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.”

Many people think it's ok to leave a dog in the car as long as the windows are left open, But this isn't true. Outside temperatures of 22 degrees can soar to 47 degrees inside the car, and often within just an hour. Never be afraid to dial 999 if you see a dog in distress.