Dog Mode was added as a software update for Tesla Model 3 vehicles. (Photo: Screengrab via Tesla) (Photo: Screengrab via Tesla)
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Tesla adds Dog Mode to Model 3

Possibly meme-inspired after good Samaritans would break car windows to save pets, a display indicates to passersby that the car is set to a comfortable temperature for the furry friends waiting in the car and that the driver will be back shortly. 

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The company does say the mode is not intended to be used in places where local laws restrict keeping animals alone in vehicles.

The update is for the Model 3 and will come later to the Model S and X vehicles built after August 2017, Popular Mechanics reported. Dog Mode will be readily available on all newly purchased Model 3, S and X vehicles.

A Sentry Mode, which uses the car’s autonomous driving cameras to deter would-be criminals or anyone else from coming too close, is also added as part of the software update.

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