Tesla announced two new modes that use the sensors and technology inside the company’s cars to make a driver’s life a little easier.
The 'Dog Mode' will keep your pup at a comfortable temperature while you’re out of the car, and it’ll use the jumbo display at the center to show a message for passersby that you’ll be returning soon.
To turn on Dog Mode, you just go into your climate control settings and select the very literal “DOG” option, where you’ll be able to adjust the temperature to a preference within preset limits.
The 'Sentry Mode' will have your Tesla car essentially guard itself, using its exterior cameras to monitor movement nearby and identify potential threats.
The feature will be compatible with U.S. Model 3 vehicles, followed by Model S and Model X vehicles that were manufactured after August 2017, the electric carmaker said.
When enabled, the "sentry mode" monitors the environment around an unattended car and uses the vehicle's external cameras to detect potential threats.
A minimal threat will be detected if anyone leans on the car, triggering a message on the touchscreen and warning that its cameras are recording.
For a more severe threat, like someone breaking a window, the mode activates the car alarm, increases the brightness of the center display, plays loud music and alerts owners on their Tesla mobile app.
The new update is rolling out to Model 3 cars in the United States from today, to be followed by Model S and Model X vehicles built after August 2017. It also includes improvements to dashcam functionality.