Tesla pushes Sentry Mode, Dog Mode updates to its EVs

Tesla update to include Dog Mode

Keep in mind that Dog Mode should not be confused with Tesla's Cabin Overheat Prevention feature, which when active, prevents the cabin temperature from going beyond 40 degrees Celsius for up to 12 hours after you exit your vehicle.

On Wednesday, the carmaker rolled out "dog mode" through a software update, a feature which keeps the air-conditioning running and tells passersby that your pet is OK through the centre screen.

The new mode can be activated with a push of a button and activates the car's clime control mode, regulating the temperature to a safe degree no matter how hot it is outside the vehicle.

Most major vehicle manufacturers would initially confirm this kind of news via a press release, but with Tesla it pays to just keep an eye on Musk's Twitter feed. Dog Mode will stay on after you leave your vehicle. In this mode, it displays a message on the large internal touchscreen to let the person know that the external cameras are recording. If a more severe threat is detected, such as someone breaking a window, Sentry Mode switches to an "Alarm" state, which activates the vehicle alarm, increases the brightness of the center display, and plays music at maximum volume from the car's audio system.

When enabled, the "sentry mode" monitors the environment around an unattended auto and uses the vehicle's external cameras to detect potential threats, according to Tesla's blog. If your Tesla's' battery dips below 20% while in Dog Mode you'll get an alert to your Tesla app on your mobile phone.

If - for instance - someone unwittingly leans against the auto, it switches up to the equivalent of Star Trek's yellow alert (actually called "Alert" state).

Owners can enter the climate control context menu on their cars and choose "Dog" to enable the feature. That activates the centre screen, which shows a message warning that the car's cameras are recording. They'll be able to download a video recording of an incident (which begins 10 minutes prior to the time a threat was detected) by inserting a formatted USB drive into their vehicle before they enable Sentry Mode.

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