Tesla Adds Sentry & Dog Mode
Tesla today released their latest software update for the Model 3, S, & X allowing owners to activate the new Sentry mode along with a new Dog mode.
The new dog mode will allow Tesla drivers to set a desired temperature inside the vehicle and have it maintain that temperature while a pet is inside, but the owner is away. The Tesla will also display a message on the center display telling people outside the vehicle that the owner will be back soon, and the pet is ok.
The new Sentry mode will allow owners to activate a type of security system that using the autopilot cameras will monitor the car while they are away. You can activate the sentry mode by going to Controls > Safety & Security > Sentry Mode. Once enabled the vehicle will continuously monitor the environment around the car.
There are two types of threats the car will detect, Minor and Major. When the Tesla detects a minor threat, like someone leaning against the vehicle, it will begin recording video along with display a message on the internal screen which warns that the cameras are recording.
If a major threat is detected, like someone breaking a window, the car will activate its alarm, increase the brightness of the center display, and play loud music through the vehicles audio system. Owners will also get a notification sent to the Tesla app of the incident, and video recordings can be downloaded from the car for further review.
Tesla states this new feature is designed "To further enhance the security of our vehicles and give our customers additional peace of mind, today we’re starting to roll out a new safeguard – Sentry Mode – to protect against break-ins and theft."
This is yet another great update pushed out by Tesla proving the true power of over the air updates for vehicles, something very few other manufacturers do and even those that do never seem to include cool new features like this. Hopefully, other companies will see what Tesla is doing and follow suit in the future.