Tesla launches 'Dog Mode'
It had to happen; Tesla, and Elon Musk, have finally gone to the dogs. The famously quirky and fast-reacting company has announced that it will launch 'Dog Mode' for its cars - via an over-the-air software update - this week.Unusually, Dog Mode - which is designed to make the interior of a Tesla more pleasant for dogs, or other pets, that have been left in there - was not one of Musk’s own crazy ideas.
It had to happen; Tesla, and Elon Musk, have finally gone to the dogs. The famously quirky and fast-reacting company has announced that it will launch u0027Dog Modeu0027 for its cars - via an over-the-air software update - this week. Unusually, Dog Mode - which is designed to make the interior of a Tesla more pleasant for dogs, or other pets, that have been left in there - was not one of Musku2019s own crazy ideas. Twitter user Josh Atchley originally pitched the idea to social-media-addicted Musk in October last year, asking whether it would be possible to have a mode that would leave a Teslau2019s air conditioning, and music, on while the car is parked, so he could leave his dog in the vehicle. He also suggested it would be a good idea to leave a message on the giant multimedia screen saying u201cIu2019m fine, my owner will be right back.u201d Why? Because dog owners are taking over the world, thatu2019s why. No one has suggested that Dog Mode would work for children left in cars, of course, because that would still be a terrible, and illegal, idea. (Hyundaiu2019s Santa Fe takes a slightly different, but clever, approach to animals, or humans, you may have left in the car, perhaps by accident. The car has an ultrasonic sensor in the headliner to detect motion in the rear seats, which will then notify the driver to check back there after turning off the engine. If that doesnu2019t work, and the vehicle is locked with someone, or some living thing, inside, the system sets off an alarm - itu2019s the kind of high-tech idea Musk would be proud of.) Imagine Mr Atchleyu2019s surprise when Musk Tweeted back, u201cYesu201d. On February 7th, Musk updated him with another Tweet announcing u201cSentry Mode (and Dog Mode) roll out next weeku201d. Sentry Mode was yet another idea pitched to Musk by a Twitter user, who requested a u201c360 dash-cam feature while parkedu201d. The concept, which is actually a very good one, is to use the various exterior cameras found on Tesla vehicles to constantly monitor whatu2019s happening around, or to, the vehicle while itu2019s parked. This would mean that if your car was scratched, bumped or even broken into, youu2019d have video evidence to provide to authorities. If youu2019ve got an idea for a feature that Tesla should add to its cars (donu2019t try u201cmake them flyu201d because Musk is already working on that one, via another Tweet.), feel free to get on Twitter and suggest it. It really is that easy. Is this a smart idea, or has Tesla gone to the dogs? Tell us what you think in the comments below.