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Tesla Fans Rejoice: Dog Mode Has Arrived

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Musk fulfills promise to protect Tesla owner's pooches.

Elon Musk has made liberal use of his Twitter account to answer the questions of fans and customers, but this technique has proved to be a mixed bag. When he tweeted back in August that he was "considering taking Tesla private at $420" and had "funding secured," it backfired. The US Securities and Exchange Commission eventually fined Musk and Tesla $20 million each for misleading investors, and Musk was forced to step down as chairman of the company.

However, Musk has also successfully utilized the social media platform to announce or preview launches of new products and services. In October, a Twitter user inquired if Musk could create a "dog mode, "the aim being to keep dogs comfortable and ensure that passersby know they are safe in case their owner needs to pop into a store for a quick errand. Musk simply responded "yes," leaving us wondering when this feature might, if ever, arrive.

This week, Dog Mode became official, with Tesla posting a brief video on Twitter featuring two adorable dogs. When you switch into Dog Mode, the car maintains a pleasant temperature for your pooch, displaying the temperature on the massive touchscreen. Alongside it is a message reading "My owner will be back soon."

This should hopefully assuage fears that the dog might be overheating and prevent people from calling the authorities or trying to break into the vehicle to free the dog. Additionally, while in Dog Mode, if the battery in the car dips below 20 percent, the owner receives a notification on their phone.

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The new feature has been lauded so far, although it is only available on Model S, Model 3, and Model X vehicles that have the Autopilot 2+ hardware. Hopefully this simple function can go a long way to keeping man's best friend as comfortable as can be and eliminating concern from passersby.