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Tesla vehicles to get Sentry, dog-safe modes next week

by Justin King

The security feature will blast Toccata and Fuge by Bach when the vehicle is disturbed.

Tesla is nearly ready to roll out its 'Sentry Mode' security feature and a dog-friendly mode, both via over-the-air software updates.

Sentry Mode will use the vehicles' 360-degree cameras to record any potential scofflaws in the vicinity. Tesla chief Elon Musk recently claimed the car will automatically play Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D Minor if the vehicle is disturbed.

"But, occasionally, the metal version," he jokingly added.

The company has also built upon its Cabin Overheat Protection system, which keeps the interior at a safe temperature for hours when the car is off.

A Model 3 owner last year asked for a dedicated "dog mode" that plays music and keeps the air conditioner activated, with an on-screen display that reads "I'm fine my owner will be right back." The latter provision might help avoid insurance claims if a concerned citizen or police officer mistakenly feels the need to smash a window and rescue an animal.

Both new modes will begin rolling out next week to compatible vehicles.

But, occasionally, the metal versionhttps://t.co/ogHYUPoA9z

-- Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 27, 2019

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