We have been talking a lot about Tesla lately. Starting from Tesla Model S to set a new track record in California while involving the buzz about Tesla ‘Plaid’ Model S beating Porsche Taycan’s Nürburgring time.
Now, a Tesla owner was dismissed from charges against Animal Cruelty just because of the ‘Dog Mode’ in his Model S.
The “Dog Mode” is essentially a software feature which keeps the temperature in check for a pet inside the electric car without affecting them.
Fret not, it also has a cabin overheat protection feature if things go south. Even though there are no major flaws in the system – one cannot be certain about the ‘Dog Mode’ without carefully looking at the dash.
It displays a message along with the temperature so that the passengers (or passerby) will notice it.
However, in June, Ross Hunt – an artificial intelligence expert, left his pet in his Model S with Dog Mode on while he went to a meeting. It was a warm day – so a passerby when noticed the poodle thought that the dog could be in danger.
Instead of carefully observing the inside – he called up a police offer and the Dublin Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (DSPCA).
So, the Tesla owner ended up being charged with Animal Cruelty complaint – which was then dismissed after sufficient evidence.
Tesla’s technician was also subpoenaed to explain how it really works and confirmed the fact that the ‘Dog Mode’ was enabled and there was no harm done to the poodle.
Even though petroleum-based vehicles still exist, Electric cars with features like this will be definitely a better option. Of course, only when the price gets competitive.
What are your thoughts on this story? Do you own a Tesla Model S? Is the ‘Dog Mode’ really useful? Let us know in the comments blow.