Dog Mode

The 5 Best Hybrid and Electric Cars for Dogs 2019

It may not always hold true, but I think it’s fair to say that most of the people I’ve met who love the planet also love animals, and many of those people also love their pets. Caring for those pets responsibly and sustainably is important, but so too is having the ability to easily and comfortably bring your pets along with you– whether that’s on a short trip across town to the vet or a longer trip across the country. That’s understandable. What’s less understandable (to me, anyway) is when someone looks me straight in the face and tries to justify their massive, gas-guzzling SUV purchase with the words, “I have dogs.” It’s maddening, but it’s something I’ve heard over and over– and as recently as yesterday! As such, ...

Tesla Pushes Software Update to Dog Mode

We recently told you about how Tesla released a software update to include a feature called Dog Mode just months after a tweet asking for feature that keeps the inside of the car at a comfortable temperature for pets and displays a message saying such. As if that turn around wasn’t impressive enough, what happened this week is beyond the comprehension of most large companies. Mere seconds after Twitter user Rahul Sood tweeted to Tesla and its CEO Elon Musk about a potential bug causing the feature to not work as expected if your AC was last set to a manual fan speed, Elon responded “Fixing …”   But that isn’t all. The fix itself, pushed via software update, came through just two days later. In less than the time it takes to have a typical meeting, Elon sa...

Tesla’s “Dog Mode” Keeps it Cool

Throughout the month of July much of the United States was affected by extreme heat, with temperatures soaring well beyond averages and in some case, breaking records. But it doesn’t take record high temperatures outside to make the inside of a car dangerously hot. By some estimates, the inside of a car can reach 104 degrees Fahrenheit in just 30 minutes of being parked outside on a 70 degree day. Tesla, never one to shy away from introducing requested features that are technically feasible, engineered a solution. What started as a Twitter exchange resulted in, what I can only assume, was a team of software engineers getting handed a fun, new assignment. Less than four months later, Tesla introduced Dog Mode via an over-the-air software update. Ever since, folks have been sharing the...