"Keep your dog comfortable in your auto while letting people passing by know they don't need to worry with Dog Mode".
Leaving your pet (or child) in a vehicle on a hot day while you're off running errands is a big no-no, as temperatures inside a car's cabin can often reach unsafe levels.
The new mode, which owners will be able to activate from within the climate controls screen, sets the interior temperature to a safe level of your choosing, but the note for humans is that extra Tesla style shining through. Just as stated in Tesla's blog post about the feature, Sentry Mode features a clear warning on the Model 3's center display, with the words "Recording", "Sentry Activated" and "Protected by Tesla" visible on the screen.
Tesla has today officially introduced a couple of new features via a software update, that make its cars more secure and pet-friendly.
Sentry mode uses a Tesla's self-driving cameras to keep an eye on the vehicle when it's unattended. In October 2018, a social media user Tweeted Elon Musk, the co-founder, CEO, and product architect of Tesla, asking whether future vehicle models could have a mode for dogs so that they could stay in cars whilst their owners run quick errands. The new feature will presumably deter would-be criminals from trying to steal or break into Tesla vehicles. In this mode, it displays a message on the large internal touchscreen to let the person know that the external cameras are recording.
If you're anxious about how the auto battery might impact on Dog Mode, you'll receive a notification in the Tesla Mobile app if it drops below 20% charge.
Last week, Tesla lowered the price of its Model 3 sedan for the second time this year to make its cars more affordable for United States buyers.
The electric sedan is crucial to Tesla's goal of becoming a profitable, mainstream automaker.
The Model 3 is Tesla's first lower-cost, high-volume vehicle.
It will be sporty, accelerating from zero to 60mph (0-100kph) in under six seconds.
It will be controlled via a touchscreen and each side of the steering wheel will have a single scroll button.