Tesla introduced two new unique modes that are good for both the owner and their dog.
The new Tesla Sentry Mode uses the numerous cameras found on the Tesla Model 3 to record what’s happening around the vehicle when the owner is gone. And the Tesla Dog Mode? Well, it was designed to make sure your best friend remains comfortable even if left in the car.
Both modes are available on the Model 3 only for now but Tesla plans to roll them out on the Model S and Model X built after 2017 soon enough.
Tesla Sentry Mode
When Sentry Mode is activated, the Tesla goes into what the automaker calls “Standby” mode. The car essentially monitors its surroundings for a potential threat. This can include someone leaning on it. If that should happen, the car goes into “Alert” mode and will display a warning message indicating that the vehicle is recording on its center touchscreen.
If a window is broken or an attempt to enter the vehicle is made, then the Tesla goes into Alarm mode. The owner is notified on his or her Tesla mobile app and the car will begin playing music at the highest possible volume to deter any potential theft.
Sentry Mode also records while of this is happening. It begins recording 10 minutes before a threat turns real and downloads the recording to a USB stick the owner inserted prior to activating the system.
Tesla Dog Mode
Tesla unveiled its Dog Mode alongside the new Sentry Mode. Dog Mode allows the owner to set a specific temperature for the cabin in order to keep your pup cool while you run a short errand.
Given that someone could think your animal is in danger, Dog Mode also includes a notification on the center screen telling the would-be samaritan that everything is ok.
— Tesla (@Tesla) February 14, 2019
As is usually the case with Tesla technology, it’s the first time we’ve ever seen anything like Sentry Mode and Dog Mode being offered from the manufacturer. Nice one Tesla.