It’s all over the Internet: Tesla’s “Dog Mode” has a serious bug; it doesn’t work if the AC fan is set to manual. One headline said “Musk vows to fix.” But is there really such a bug?
It all started on Twitter.
Elon Musk replied with one word “fixing.” I don’t call that confirmation, but damage control, and a commitment to fix a bug if there is one, but here’s what’s on the Internet:
- Business Insider: Elon Musk vows to fix ‘dog mode’ after a tech CEO said his Tesla hit 85 degrees with his pooch inside the car
- People: Elon Musk Vows to Fix ‘Dog Mode’ in Teslas After System Malfunctions
- Electrek: Tesla is ‘fixing’ a potentially dangerous bug with ‘Dog Mode
- Trusted Reviews: Dangerous Tesla Dog Mode flaw could place your pup in peril
- Know Techie: Tesla’s Dog Mode doesn’t work unless your AC is set to Automatic.
- Fox News: Tesla fixing ‘Dog Mode’ after owner discovers potentially dangerous issue
- Mashable: Tesla’s ‘dog mode’ has a pretty bad bug, but Elon Musk is on it
So what’s wrong with this story?
First it’s impossible. With the current version of Tesla firmware (I have 2019.24.4), you can’t put turn on Dog Mode with the AC fan set to Manual. When you turn on Dog Mode, the car automatically sets the fan to AUTO. I tried it. Further, if you do set the fan to Manual after turning on Dog Mode, it still works just fine. I turned on Dog Mode, set the fan to manual, exited the car and watched it cool to the set temperature on the Tesla App.
None of those stories said anything about confirming it. I consider this highly irresponsible. Maybe there is a bug, but my car doesn’t have it. Who knows? Certainly not all the writers of these articles.