Ford allows “pet mode” for its vehicles

Ford allows “pet mode” for its vehicles

Depending on the site Ford Authority, American automaker Ford has approved “pet mode” for use in its future vehicles. Strange is a set of modifications designed to make the journey of our four-legged friends easier, even if the owner is away from the car.

According to the image in the patent document, the mode will be fully customizable and activated via a special button (in the shape of a dog’s paw) on the car’s remote control. With one touch, you can set the cabin temperature, lower the windows, close the doors, lower the seats and even activate the sound profile by playing something to soothe your pet.


“Pet Mode” patent issued to Ford. Image: Parenting

The patent was applied for on October 25, 2018, but was only issued by the US patent office on Tuesday (15). The patent does not indicate if a “pet mode” of Ford vehicles will be available, or when.

Tesla already has “Dog Lane”

In 2019 rival Tesla launched the “Dogway”, a similar but smaller system. It’s an extension of “Overheat Protection”, which automatically cools the cabinet to keep “kids or pets” safe if the temperature starts to rise too much.

In addition to adjusting the temperature, Tesla’s system displays the message “My owner will be back soon” on the car’s main screen, to reassure visitors who may be concerned about the health of animals trapped in a closed car.

Tesla car and "Dog condition" activated
Tesla cars have “Dog Lane” since 2019. Photo: Flystock/Shutterstock

However, shortly after the launch, the Tesla system gave the user a scare. In August 2019 Rahul Sood reported that he turned on Dog Mode and left his seven-month-old Boxer in his Tesla Model X. He checked the Tesla app to confirm that everything was fine and found that the feature was off and that the temperature inside the car was about 29°C.

Sood told the portal Until that the problem occurred because, after activating the feature, he tried to lower the temperature even more. “Basically the air conditioner stops working in Dog Mode if you adjust the temperature,” explained the owner.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk quickly responded, announcing in a tweet that his team was “ready to fix” the problem.

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