Best cars & vans

Tesla releases Dog Mode and Sentry Mode updates

The over-the-air Tesla updates add a dog-friendly cabin environment setting and a security monitoring system to help prevent car theft

Tesla dog mode

Tesla has added two new pieces of software to its range of vehicles, both of which are currently being rolled out globally via over-the-air updates. The updates add a dog-friendly cabin environment setting and a new security system tasked with preventing car theft.

Dog Mode was announced on Tesla’s Twitter account. The new software adds the option to set the cabin to a climate comfortable for dogs at the touch of a button. Designed to be used when an owner leaves their pets in the car, the update adjusts the interior temperature and provides a visual warning via the huge touchscreen to warn passing animal lovers that the dog’s wellbeing is not at risk.

The new Sentry Mode is a reactive update to recent federal statistics, estimating that a car was stolen in the United States roughly every 40 seconds in 2017. Sentry Mode will attempt to combat this by continuously monitoring the environment around the car when left unattended.

How to choose the best dog ramp

When enabled, the system enters a 'standby' mode, like a home alarm system, scanning the immediate area for potential threats using the Tesla’s external cameras. An alert is triggered by any minimal threat, such as someone leaning on the car, activating a warning message on the touchscreen to inform bystanders that the vehicle’s cameras are recording.

A more serious threat, such as someone breaking a window, activates the Sentry Mode’s 'Alarm' state, which blares the car’s alarm, increases the brightness of the centre display and plays music from the car’s stereo at maximum volume. The system again records the incident and sends a notification to the owner’s smartphone, informing them of the attack.

Both software updates are currently being rolled out globally for all Tesla models built after 2017, starting in the States with the Model 3. Model S and Model X models are due to follow suit, with the updates reaching the UK by the end of the year.

What are you thoughts on Tesla’s latest software updates? Let us know in the comments section below…

Recommended

Tesla adds active noise reduction tech to Model S and X
Tesla Model S and Model X
Tesla

Tesla adds active noise reduction tech to Model S and X

Tesla’s largest models get new feature activated via over-the-air software update, although only for latest examples
20 Dec 2021
Tesla Model 3 gains favour with the police
Tesla Model 3 police car - front
Tesla

Tesla Model 3 gains favour with the police

Tesla has been testing a blues-and-twos version of the Model 3 with the UK police for the past nine months – and the early results look promising
10 Dec 2021
Tesla Supercharger pilot scheme opens for other EVs in Holland
Tesla supercharger
Tesla

Tesla Supercharger pilot scheme opens for other EVs in Holland

Non-Tesla EVs can now recharge at 10 Superchargers in the Netherlands, as the company tests the waters for global roll-out
1 Nov 2021
'Tesla will have to work harder to stay at the top'
Tesla opinion
Tesla

'Tesla will have to work harder to stay at the top'

Steve Fowler points out how quickly the electric car industry is changing and what Tesla is doing to keep up
1 Nov 2021

Most Popular

Best electric cars to buy 2022
Best electric cars
Electric cars

Best electric cars to buy 2022

There are more electric cars than ever to choose from, so we've picked some of the best you can buy in the UK now
10 Jan 2022
Next-generation Mercedes E-Class to stick with combustion engines
Mercedes E-Class render
Mercedes E-Class

Next-generation Mercedes E-Class to stick with combustion engines

Mercedes is planning on launching a new E-Class in 2023 and it'll come with petrol, diesel and plug-in hybrid powertrains
21 Jan 2022
Best electric vans 2022
Best electric vans
Best cars & vans

Best electric vans 2022

We reveal the best electric vans for sale or lease in the UK right now
7 Jan 2022