- A Tesla-owner tweeted to Elon Musk that his car’s "dog mode" had malfunctioned, allowing the temperature in the vehicle to climb to 85 degrees.
- Tesla’s "dog mode" was rolled out six months ago, and is meant to keep the car cool to prevent dogs from overheating.
- Musk replied to say he was fixing the bug.
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Elon Musk promised to fix a big problem with Tesla’s "dog mode" on Wednesday.
Dog mode was rolled out by Tesla in February after being requested by a Tesla fan on Twitter. When activated, dog mode keeps the air-conditioning going and flashes up a message on the car’s display screen that says "my owner will be back soon."
Or at least that’s how it’s supposed to work. Twitter user and tech CEO Rahul Sood — who heads up esports company Unikrn – said he had turned on dog mode only to find the car reached 85 degrees with his dog inside it.
"Dog mode only works if in auto, if you manually set the fan and leave the AC turns off," he tweeted.
Elon Musk replied with "Fixing …", for which Sood expressed his gratitude.
Software updates to Tesla vehicles can be rolled out remotely, which is how dog mode was originally brought to the vehicles. Tesla was not immediately able to say whether the fix had been rolled out when contacted by Business Insider on Thursday morning.
When dog mode first came out, animal charities including PETA told Business Insider they would advise drivers against using it.
"We caution that the ‘dog mode’ function isn’t foolproof and could provide a false sense of security, as engines and air conditioning can cut out," a PETA spokeswoman said. She added that the message in the car’s display might dissuade a passer-by from intervening if the technology did malfunction.
"The safest way for anyone to protect dogs when temperatures soar is simply to leave them at home — with plenty of water," she added.
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