Now, this is a development all dog lovers can get behind in a big way. Tesla recently rolled out a “dog mode” for its vehicles – it keeps the air conditioning running and lets anybody walking by the vehicle know via a screen that the pooch inside is doing just fine.

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The idea actually came about from a person who tweeted at Tesla CEO Elon Musk last year.

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Musk and Tesla responded and the results are pretty great.

This is how Tesla instructs owners to use “dog mode.”

“To enable Dog Mode, tap the fan icon at the bottom of the touchscreen when your car is parked. Set Keep Climate On to DOG, make adjustments within temperature limits, then leave knowing your pet will stay comfortable. Dog Mode will stay on after you leave your car. If you your battery reaches less than 20% charge, you will receive a notification on your mobile app.”

Tesla also recently announced its “sentry mode” that essentially protects your vehicle when you’re not around. External cameras on the car monitor its surroundings and if someone even leans against the vehicle “alert mode” is activated that warns a potential thief or vandal via the center screen that cameras are recording their movements.

If a window is broken and someone attempts to steal the vehicle, the alarm goes off, the car’s audio plays at maximum volume, and the owner is alerted through an app.

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I think it’s safe to say we are now living in the future.