Tesla Dog Mode helps motorist avoid prosecutionSeptember 23, 2019
Tesla’s Irish electric car owner, who left his dog in Dog Mode in the car, was accused of animal cruelty
A resident of Ireland, accused of cruelty to animals, won the case in court and secured the full removal of the charges. He managed to prove that the dog left in the Tesla electric car cabin in hot weather was not at risk, since the special Dog Mode was activated in the car. It is reported by the local publication Independent.
The incident occurred in Dublin in June when artificial intelligence expert Ross Hunt locked up his poodle, nicknamed Loki, in a Tesla Model S electric car and went to the pub. At the same time, the driver turned on the Dog Mode function, which was designed to maintain the temperature comfortable for the animal in the cabin and warn other people about it using multimedia.
While Hunt was in the pub, passersby noticed a dog in the cabin and decided that it was in danger, because the weather was hot on the street. They called a member of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the police. The law enforcement officers who arrived at the scene were about to break the glass in the car, but they were stopped by the owner of the car, who began to prove that the poodle was out of danger.
Nevertheless, charges were brought against Hunt, and the case went to trial. A technical specialist from Tesla, a service center in Dublin, spoke at the meeting, explaining how Dog Mode works, as a result of which the charges were completely dropped.
Recall that when Dog Mode is activated, the air conditioner continues to maintain a comfortable temperature in the cabin. In addition, the system displays a message on the display of the multimedia complex: “My master will be back soon. Do not worry! ”This function is designed to alert passersby who, when they see a dog locked in a car in hot weather, can call the police or break the glass.
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