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Tesla Adds Overheat Feature to Help Trapped Kids, Pets

Tesla Adds Overheat Feature to Help Trapped Kids, Pets

Car stays cool even when turned off.

Silicon Valley automaker Tesla added an overheat feature to its latest software update to help protect anyone or pets left in hot cars:

Autopilot changes were widely rumored, but in a surprise development that Tesla is calling an “industry-first safety measure,” version 8.0 also includes Cabin Overheat Protection, which uses the vehicle’s battery to keep its interior at a safe temperature for children and pets — even when the car is switched off. Musk noted on Twitter that with a full battery, Cabin Overheat Protection can keep a cabin at or below 105 degrees for up to a year by cycling on the vehicle’s vent and air conditioning functions. He promises that the next update, version 8.1, will also include user-definable maximum- and minimum-temperature functions.

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