Tesla’s new ‘dog mode’ has some animal advocates upset. The software update allows owners to leave the air conditioning on in their cars to keep their pets cool. National animal charities believe that under no circumstances should dogs be left unattended in cars as they could ‘die in minutes’ if the technology failed.
Dog Mode not only cools the car but also informs passers-by via a message on the infotainment screen that the owner will be returning soon and not to worry. The mode remains on when occupants leave the vehicle and they receive a notification via Tesla’s mobile app if the car’s charge drops below 20 percent while Dog Mode is in use.