Tesla, the high profile electric car manufacturer created by Elon Musk, looks set to introduce a ‘dog mode’. You can expand that to ‘pet mode’ in my view and therefore include cats.
‘Pet mode’ will enable drivers to leave their pets inside their Tesla car in hot weather even when the windows are shut. This is because the car will keep the interior cool and pet music will play. The car will also tell people outside the car that all is well through a display visible to pedestrians.
Elon Musk tweeted his intention to introduce a ‘dog mode’ when it was suggested by a Tesla owner.
The Tesla owner in question is composer Josh Atchley of Los Angeles. He asked:
“Can you put a dog mode on the Tesla Model 3? Where the music plays and the AC is on, with a display on screen saying, ‘I’m fine my owner will be right back'”.
Mr Musk replies, ‘Yes’.
You might think that this casual exchange carries no weight but Musk has delivered in the past under similar circumstances. Telsa built-in the ability to open doors with smartphones on a similar suggestion.
As it happens, the Tesla Model 3 already has ‘cabin overheat protection’ which prevents the interior temperature of the car exceeding 40C when parked. Clearly the ‘pet mode’ would have to keep the temperature lower than that.
But as the car is run entirely by batteries, this sort of facility is eminently feasible.