Tesla owner finds potentially serious issue with Dog Mode, fix already deployed

The fix didn’t take long to deploy at all, as it’s already being sent to owners, and Rahul Sood tweeted an update showing the patch notes for the update in his Tesla. Software update version 2019.28.2 is being sent to Tesla owners as an over-the-air update, which will remedy the problem and ensure dogs (or cats, or whatever you leave in the car) will stay nice and comfortable.

While Musk is active on Twitter, it’s not the most official way to submit bug reports. Owners who find issues can say “bug report” to the car’s voice-recognition system, along with a short message briefly explaining the bug. The car then takes a screenshot of the infotainment system when the bug report was requested, submitting both the picture and the owner’s voice message to Tesla. There’s also a contact page on Tesla’s website with multiple avenues for contacting the automaker. However, given Musk’s response time and the subsequent fix showing up posthaste, a tweet or two never hurts.

It’s also worth pointing out that, before you use Dog Mode, it’s worth checking to see whether or not your local or state laws permit leaving dogs in cars, even if they’re conditioned to stay at 70 degrees. A new California law, for example, allows people to break into cars to rescue dogs left in the sun after calling authorities, and not everyone knows about Dog Mode, so there may be unintended consequences.

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