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Tesla's New 'Dog Mode' Keeps Pooches Cool When Drivers Get Out Of The Car

They won't ever be able to tell you, but dogs aren't thrilled about being in hot places, especially cars. They'll just put up with it because they're awesome pets.

Being cooped up inside a vehicle on a hot summer day can't be nice for a lovely canine, yet there are some bad, bad people who subject the poor things to exactly that (a cracked window isn't good enough, by the way).

Tesla, in their efforts to accommodate everyone and their dog, has added a nifty feature to the programming of their cars that pooches should absolutely love.

Yup! introducing Dog Mode. The name says it all - but, to delve a bit further, Dog Mode keeps the inside of your car at optimum temperature so your pup can feel cool and easy when you leave him in your ride by himself.

Additionally, the interior temperature will display on the touchscreen so you won't be judged by passersby as they'll know just how much of an awesome time the dog is having while you're gone.

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"Keep your dog comfortable in your car while letting people passing by know they don’t need to worry with Dog Mode. In addition to keeping the climate control on, the touchscreen will display the current cabin temperature," a note from Tesla reads (h/t Jalopnik).

"To enable Dog Mode, tap the fan icon at the bottom of the touchscreen when your car is parked. Set Keep Climate On to DOG, make adjustments within temperature limits, then leave knowing your pet will stay comfortable. Dog Mode will stay on after you leave your car. If you your battery reaches less than 20% charge, you will receive a notification on your mobile app."

Furthermore, you don't have to buy a new Tesla or upgrade any parts, a wireless software update makes the feature immediately available.

It's worth noting, however, that it's illegal to leave dogs unattended in cars in some countries so owning a Tesla won't leave you with a reasonable excuse if you're taken to task by law enforcement.

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