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Tesla’s ‘dog mode’ doesn’t work unless your AC is set to automatic

C’mon Musk, take your dog mode to get fixed…

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If you’ve been using ‘dog mode‘ on your Tesla to keep your pooch cool while you shop, it might be a good idea to be a bit more careful about the settings. A Tesla user found out recently that the super-cool feature has an Achilles heel – it won’t work if your AC isn’t set to automatic mode.

Luckily for all involved, the story ends with the bestest boy being fine, if a little hot and bothered.

Tesla’s ‘dog mode’ doesn’t work if your AC is in manual mode

The owner, Rahul Sood, left his prized pooch, Enzo, in the Seattle heat with dog mode turned on. It’s good that he didn’t immediately walk away, as the temperature inside the car rapidly got to 85f and kept on climbing… Tesla is now working on a fix, and the incident hasn’t deterred Sood from using the mode – he still thinks it’s “dope.”

  • Tesla CEO Elon Musk replied to the original tweet with one word: “Fixing
  • Have we come full circle? ‘Dog mode’ was born on Twitter, and now it’s being fixed on Twitter.

I’m kinda surprised it took six months for anyone to notice this bug. Then again, I imagine not many people actually use their AC on manual nowadays, especially on an advanced car like a Tesla.

Until the fix is rolled out, make sure to check that your AC is in automatic mode, and check the temperature on your Tesla’s app from time to time to make sure it’s working as intended.

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