By Gabe Rodriguez Morrison
The differences between Keep Climate, Dog Mode and Camp Mode
Not a Tesla App
Keep Climate On, Dog Mode, and Camp Mode all allow you to keep your vehicle's climate control system running while the vehicle is parked. These settings can maintain the cabin temperature in hot or cold weather conditions. However, there are some differences between the three options.
Tesla's 2022.12 update in April of 2022 added the ability to enable Dog Mode and Camp Mode directly from the mobile app, but you'll need to enable Keep Climate On from within the vehicle.
Keep Climate On
Keep Climate On is helpful in circumstances that require the car to remain at a specific temperature when no one is in the vehicle. For example, if you run into a store and want to maintain the cabin at an ideal temperature so that it's at an ideal temperature when you return.
Keep Climate On can only be enabled from within the vehicle. To activate it you go to the HVAC menu and choose the 'Keep' icon on the right.
The Keep Climate On option is very similar to activating the climate system from within the Tesla app. Where they differ is how long they'll remain on and which notifications Tesla will send you.
Keep Climate On will keep your HVAC system on indefinitely until it's either, turned off, or until the car's battery gets down to 20%. Whereas, turning on the climate system from within the app will only keep your cabin at a set temperature for up to two hours.
When using the app, Tesla will also send you multiple notifications letting you the climate system has been enabled for an extended period.
Dog Mode was specifically created for your pet. It'll keep a comfortable cabin temperature for them while letting nearby individuals know that your pet is safe and comfortable inside the vehicle.
While Dog Mode is similar to Keep Climate On, there are a few significant differences.
The most obvious is that the display stays on. It displays an animated balloon animal and shows the temperature inside the vehicle.
While Dog Mode is enabled, Sentry Mode and the vehicle's alarm are both disabled to prevent them from going off accidentally.
For more details about Dog Mode, view our Dog Mode page.
While you can monitor the vehicle's temperature from the Tesla app, Dog Mode should only be used for short periods while you are nearby in case the temperature cannot be maintained due to failure, a low battery or extreme temperatures.
Camp Mode is designed for camping and offers a few additional features over Dog Mode and Keep Climate On.
While Camp Mode is enabled, the vehicle's USB ports and low-voltage socket remain powered so that you can charge devices or use electronics while Camp Mode is active.
The touchscreen also remains on, allowing you to use the vehicle's infotainment system to play music, browse the web, or watch streaming video. Similar to Dog Mode, the vehicle's alarm and Sentry Mode are both disabled while Camp Mode is active.
In Camp Mode, the vehicle's auto-locking system is also turned off, so you'll need to manually lock the vehicle by tapping the lock button on the screen before going to bed.
For more details about Camp Mode, view our Camp Mode page.
|Feature||Keep Climate||Dog Mode||Camp Mode|
|Display stays on|
|Able to use infotainment|
|Can be enabled from app|
|Turns off when battery reaches 20%|
|Auto lock disabled|
|Sentry Mode can be used|
|Can view cabin camera|
|Vehicle alarm is enabled|
To activate Dog Mode or Camp Mode from the Tesla app, you can navigate to the Climate section and swipe up from the bottom. This will reveal some additional climate options, which include the ability to turn on Dog Mode and Camp Mode, as well as Defrost and Cabin Overheat Protection.
While Keep Climate On, Dog Mode and Camp Mode have some differences, they're also similar in a few ways.
To prevent you from returning to a vehicle with an empty battery, Keep Climate On, Dog Mode and Camp Mode are all automatically disabled if your vehicle battery reaches 20%. Tesla will attempt to send you multiple notifications letting you know that the climate mode you're in will soon be turned off.
Software updates can not be performed while these climiate modes are engaged and if you shift out of Park each of these modes is automatically turned off as well.
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By Kevin Armstrong
Will the Cybertruck's appeal dwindle after release?
Cybertruck hype reached feverish levels after Investor Day. The futuristic vehicle was on display and even took some lucky people for a test drive. However, wherever there is a parade, there will surely be rain. So, Morgan Stanley's managing director advises staff to manage expectations for clients excited about investing in Tesla.
Adam Jonas, who attended Investor Day, listed five reasons why Cybertruck may not be the vehicle Elon Musk and the Tesla team dream it will be. Instead, he thinks it will be a financial "side-show," a "cultural/zeitgeist," and an "enthusiast/cult car." Let's hear him out. He is considered a Tesla Bull, despite a quick Google search showing he's been writing a bear case for Tesla for years.
Things Have Changed for Tesla
His first point is that Tesla was a different company in 2019 when Cybertruck was unveiled. When you adjust for the multiple stock splits, Tesla is worth ten times more today. He believes the company's values and goals have changed since 2019.
Tesla has changed significantly in the past four years, and the company is focused on launching a more affordable vehicle. Musk laid out his plan for a more sustainable energy future that included getting more people into electric cars, a goal that can only be achieved if those cars are affordable for more people. Unfortunately, Cybertruck is unlikely to be under the title: affordable.
How Far Can Unique Go?
The investor's next point is calling the Cybertruck the "ultimate avant-garde vehicle." He believes that the unique aspects of Cybertruck will lose some appeal when there are several on the road.
Okay, fair point. However, how many white Teslas do you see on the road today? No one seems to mind driving the same color Model 3 and Model Y. Besides, if someone is concerned about losing that "indescribable something," as Jonas puts it, they can get a wrap. Also, with rumors that the next platform may use Cybertruck's stainless steel exterior, the company doesn't seem concerned about too many stainless steel vehicles.
Restrict Cybertruck Production
To that point, the Morgan Stanley employee wonders if Tesla should restrict the production of Cybertruck. He forecasts that the production volume could ramp up to 100,000 units per year, which means it will be 2030 by the time 500,000 are on the street. He ponders if the company should limit production to 420,699 Cybertrucks.
This makes sense if his production figures are close to reality. It could take decades to fill the millions of Cybertruck orders. Look at how much things have changed in the four years since it was announced; imagine the changes that could happen before filling all those orders. These orders may fall under the same category as the long-awaited Roadster 2.0.
Price Point Concerns
In his next point, Jonas says the employee who gave him a Cybertruck ride said the vehicle weighed 7,000 pounds, equivalent to a Chevy Silverado 3500HD. That has Jonas thinking the price will be significantly higher than the first announced $39,900.
At this point, anyone who thinks they will get a Cybertruck for forty grand better forfeit their reservation now. But Jonas's point is relevant: if the price comes in too high, the waitlist will be drastically reduced by the many who put in a reservation for a $39,900 truck.
Not a Competitor for Traditional Trucks
Based on that point, Jonas doesn't think the Cybertruck he saw and rode in "poses a significant threat to the established pickup truck market."
He could be right. It will be a difficult sell if it's big, heavy, and considerably expensive. We should also note that just days before this letter to Morgan Stanley staff, Jonas dropped Tesla as his preferred U.S.-listed automaker and now backs Ferrari NV. Yes, that Ferrari, the builder of supercars.
If you are on the waiting list for a Cybertruck, it's worth considering the points Jonas has raised. However, while Cybertruck has generated significant hype and excitement, it is essential to account for the potential challenges and limitations it may face in the market. With Tesla's changing values and goals, the Cybertruck's unique design, uncertain price point, and limited production, it remains to be seen whether it will be the ultimate game-changer in the pickup truck market. But you'll have plenty of time to decide if you want to take delivery of your Cybertruck as limited production starts this summer, with a ramp-up beginning next year.
By Kevin Armstrong
Tesla's latest FSD Beta adds new features and visualizations
Tesla’s CEO, Elon Musk, tweeted that the latest Full Self-Driving Beta is “a major step change improvement. Still needs another point release of polish before rolling out wide.” That said, most of those who have taken v11.3.1 for a ride are impressed.
There are a number of options that have been added and removed with this beta, as well as new visualizations.
Let’s start with the bright shiny objects - new visualizations. Anyone who has watched the ride-along on YouTube has noticed that FSD v11.3.1 looks different.
Firstly, the path the vehicle is taking is a much thicker line, representing the entire space the car currently occupies and will occupy in the immediate future.
Chevrons will also appear in the path to show the car slowing down. The opacity and speed at which the chevrons are moving change depending on how quickly the car is slowing.
A white or black line will now appear in front of the Tesla to tell the supervising driver exactly where the car will stop. There’s no more guessing where the car will stop moving. This line appears as soon as the car realizes that it will have to stop, like when approaching an intersection.
The traffic lights will now sometimes appear in blue. The blue light indicates that the vehicle is obeying that traffic light. Let’s say you are turning left at an intersection with three traffic lights present; the light in front of the left lane will be blue, while the other two for traffic going straight will remain gray.
Many have observed more detailed images of the surroundings as well. This includes a rolling tire that appeared while Chuck Cook was out for a ride. As documented in the release notes, the system identifies objects differently and seemingly much more accurately.
FSD Beta 11.3.1 will now display messages letting you know what the vehicle is doing
How many times have you enabled FSD, and you or your passengers asked, "what is it doing?" Well, now it tells you exactly what it is doing. For example, if it spots an intersection and a red light, it will say, "stopping for the red light." It will display various messages that make it clear what the vehicle is stopping or waiting for such as stop signs, crossing pedestrians, bicyclists and more. This addition gives us a better look into what the software is doing.
This is a significant addition because the software now allows for instant driver feedback. If you must take control away from FSD, a prompt will ask you to explain what happened. You can leave an audio recording. For example, if the software says it is stopping for a red light, but you see the light is green, you can take over and tell Tesla what happened so their team can review it.
Glowing Speed Limit Sign
FSD Beta 11.3.1 will glow the speed limit sign when you exceed the detected speed limit by more than 50%
The speed limit sign appears in the same location, but now it will glow when the vehicle's speed exceeds the posted limit by more than 50%, for example, going 75 mph in a 50 mph zone.
Speed Limit Offset
Speaking of speed, the option to set your Autopilot speed to an absolute value over the speed limit has been removed. You used to be able to set Autopilot to travel 10 mph over the posted speed limit, which would apply in all cases. However, you'll now have to use the 'relative' option, which lets you choose a percentage value to travel above the limit. So choosing a 15% offset will let the vehicle travel at about 35 mph in a 30 zone, while in a 65 mph zone, the vehicle will travel up to 75 mph.
New 'Minimal Lane Changes' Option
There have been a lot of comments about a smoother drive experience with better, less robotic lane changes. However, if you'd like to reduce the number of lane changes the vehicle makes, there is a new option called 'Minimal Lane Changes.' This new option in the Autopilot menu reduces lane changes by having the vehicle only make a lane change when it's required to follow the route. It prevents the vehicle from making lane changes due to slow-moving traffic in its lane.
New Shortcut for Autopilot Options
FSD Beta 11.3.1 includes a shortcut to the FSD Profiles
With this beta, Tesla also introduced a new shortcut for some Autopilot options. When tilting the right scroll wheel left/right in previous betas, the vehicle would adjust its follow distance from 2 to 7. This option has now been removed since FSD Beta now handles the follow distance automatically on the highway.
When tilting the scroll wheel, you'll now be presented with a new set of options. They'll allow you to adjust the vehicle's FSD Profile, between Chill, Average and Assertive. This isn't new to this beta, but the ability to quickly change the FSD Profile is. In addition to being able to switch the FSD Profile, you'll also have the option to quickly enable 'Minimal Lane Changes' with this shortcut. The option will only stay enabled for the current drive. The informational box in the vehicle explains how Minimal Lane Changes works:
"When enabled, Full Self-Driving (Beta) will limit changes only to follow the navigation route or when required for safety. This option gets reset when the car is parked at the end of a drive."
Removal of 'Navigate on Autopilot'
With the introduction of FSD Beta to highway driving, Tesla has now removed the 'Navigate on Autopilot' (NoA) feature. NoA was Tesla's term for the vehicle performing lane changes to follow your route. However, with the introduction of FSD Beta v11, this option became redundant and it has now been removed with this update.
New Autopilot Menu
Tesla has reorganized the Autopilot menu
With this update, Tesla has redesigned the Autopilot menu to remove older options and make your options clearer.At the very top Tesla now gives owners three options for Autopilot features, they are, Traffic-Aware Cruise Control (TACC), Autosteer, or FSD Beta.Autosteer is essentially Basic Autopilot, which will keep the vehicle's speed, brake, keep a proper follow distance and steer within the vehicle's lane.FSD Beta is the option you'll want if you want the vehicle to make lane changes to follow your route.After that, you have more FSD options, such as FSD Profile, followed by 'Lane Change Notification,' which was previously a part of Navigate on Autopilot and Speed Offset.Tesla also cleaned up some other options, removing the toggles for 'Traffic Light and Stop Sign Control' and 'Full Self-Driving Visualization Preview'.Underneath the Autopilot preferences, you then have Summon and the other usual options.
View Cabin Camera
Tesla's FSD Beta v11.3.1 is an impressive step forward, with new visualizations and features that enhance the driving experience. Tesla continues to push the boundaries of self-driving technology, and the positive feedback from early users is a testament to their progress. With the upcoming wide release of v11.3.2, we can only expect more exciting updates and improvements from Tesla. Stay tuned for more updates on the future of autonomous driving.
What is the difference between camp and dog mode Tesla? ›
Camp Mode is designed for camping and offers a few additional features over Dog Mode and Keep Climate On. While Camp Mode is enabled, the vehicle's USB ports and low-voltage socket remain powered so that you can charge devices or use electronics while Camp Mode is active.Should I leave Tesla climate on? ›
While not necessary to activate whenever you leave Model X, the climate control system can reduce and maintain the temperature of your vehicle's cabin. This can prevent the cabin from getting too hot after leaving it parked in the sun, making the vehicle more comfortable when you return.Does dog mode drain battery? ›
If you have enabled Dog Mode and the battery reaches 20%, Tesla will send you a notification on your phone letting you know that the battery is getting low and that you should return to your car. Dog Mode will remain on as long as possible until the car runs out of battery.How much battery does dog mode take? ›
Dog Mode consumes power through the HVAC system at approximately 4 miles of range per hour. That's a good number to keep in mind when your range allowance is tight. Additionally, you need over a 20% battery charge to enable the feature.Can you leave dog in car with dog mode? ›
Tesla Dog Mode gives the electric car even more curb appeal, allowing you to safely leave your vehicle to run a quick errand while your pooch stays inside with the windows closed. The setting maintains the car at a constant temperature that will keep your canine comfortable.What temperature is too cold for a Tesla? ›
Even with temperatures at freezing (32 degress Farenheit and 0 degrees Celsius), an EV will still run fine. The first thing to do is to put your car in the garage. Another tip is if you leave your EV outside, keep your state of charge above 30%. Keep the state of charge higher - charge it more.Should you always precondition Tesla? ›
Tesla recommends using Trip Planner to navigate to a charging location for at least 30-45 minutes before arrival to ensure optimal battery temperature and charging conditions. If the drive to the charging location is less than 30-45 minutes, consider preconditioning the battery before driving (see Before Driving).What temperature is best for Tesla? ›
What temperature is best for Tesla? About 68-75F Just warm enough for the battery to operate with out any limits. Not too cold to need the heater and not to hot to need the AC.Which mode drains battery? ›
Typically, increasing your phone's brightness drains its battery faster – no matter if you are in light mode or dark mode.How much does camp mode drain battery? ›
How Much Power does it Drain? In an eight-hour period, the typical battery consumption of Camp Mode is roughly 10% of the charge. The battery will be consumed more quickly if it is really cold or there is bad weather, simply because the car will have to work harder to maintain the interior temperature you've selected.
What temperature is dog mode Tesla? ›
Summers are even worse and the temperature inside the car can go as high as 180 Fahrenheit. Even if the outside temperature is 70 degrees, the car can get as hot as 100 degrees in just 10 minutes. The average internal temperature of a dog is 105.2 degrees.How do I stop my Tesla cabin from overheating? ›
Swipe up on the bottom menu and select a setting under Cabin Overheat Protection (see Mobile App). Cabin Overheat Protection operates until 12 hours has elapsed once you exit Model 3, or until the Battery energy drops below 20%, whichever comes first.Should you precondition Your Tesla in summer? ›
It's best to precondition your EV while it's still plugged in so that you use energy from the grid to cool the car and your battery down. This gives you more range, along with a comfier car when you get inside.Does camp mode use less battery? ›
Running the vehicle in Camp Mode will eat up about 10% of the charge in an eight-hour time frame. If it's extremely cold or otherwise inclement weather, the battery will be drained more quickly, simply because it will have to work harder to maintain the interior temperature you've chosen.Does dog mode lock the car? ›
In Dog Mode, the Tesla in question will lock its doors, turn up the heat in a cold environment or turn the AC on during a hot day and a bright splash screen appears on the large 15-inch infotainment screen that says “My owner will be back soon. Don't worry!Why is my Tesla AC on when parked? ›
To reduce the temperature in the cabin in hot weather conditions, the fan may turn on to vent the cabin when the vehicle is parked. This occurs only if the battery's charge level is above 20%.Whats the longest you can leave a dog in a car? ›
It's generally safe to leave your dog in the car for a maximum of five minutes, and when the outside temperature is above freezing and below 70 degrees. Here are other tips to safely leave your dog in the car: During daylight hours, crack a window and park in a shady spot. Be sure not to get sidetracked.How safe is Tesla dog mode? ›
Proceed with Caution
This feature isn't a substitute for any laws, and there's always a risk that dogs may overheat in the vehicle. Even recently, there was an error with Tesla's Dog Mode. An owner set the car to dog-mode, but made a slight adjustment to temperature before leaving the car.
How Long Can an EV Keep the Cabin Warm When It's Cold Out? We Found Out. Our Tesla Model 3 can keep its interior at 65 degrees for almost two days max, losing an average of 2.2 percent of its charge per hour, which is barely less than a gas-powered car.What does Snowflake mean on Tesla? ›
Watch for the Snowflake Icon
A blue snowflake icon may appear on your touchscreen and in the app if your battery is too cold for full power and ideal range. When this icon is displayed, you may notice reduced regenerative braking and acceleration.
Is it OK to charge Tesla every day? ›
We recommend plugging in every evening to top off the battery. What percentage should I charge the battery to? For regular use, we recommend keeping your car set within the 'Daily' range bracket, up to approximately 90%. Charging up to 100% is best saved for when you are preparing for a longer trip.Can I warm up my Tesla in the garage? ›
Park your car in a garage if possible
Keeping your vehicle inside during winter can make a difference in its battery performance. The warmth of the garage will help your car hold battery charge for longer and charge more quickly.
To achieve maximum range and performance, it is helpful to warm the cabin and Battery before you leave.Does preconditioning increase range? ›
During cold winter weather battery preconditioning also increases your EV range as the battery will be warmed up to its most-effective operating temperature.Does preconditioning Tesla drain battery? ›
This feature also allows you to set your maximum charge level prior to driving. This feature like the other preconditioning features will consume energy, however it can bring your Tesla battery and cabin to the optimal state just before charging and driving.Do Tesla cars overheat? ›
Due to automatic shut-off, extreme outside conditions, or other potential inability to maintain the selected temperature, the inside of the vehicle can become dangerously hot, even when Cabin Overheat Protection is enabled.Why is my Tesla battery draining so fast? ›
Some settings like Sentry mode and Smart Summon mode can cause the battery to drain faster too. Teslas batteries are leaking fast from vampire-like battery degradation, and this is caused by many things, including bad charging habits or overuse of apps. Tesla owners are always looking for ways to save battery life.Why is my Tesla range so low? ›
Factors Affecting Energy Consumption
Elevated driving speed. Environmental conditions such as cold or hot weather and wind. Using climate controls to heat or cool the cabin. Uphill travel: Driving uphill requires more energy and depletes range at a faster rate.
A smartphone can save about 39 to 47 per cent of battery power at peak brightness by operating on dark mode. This is close to an additional half of the battery life delivered in one charge cycle.Which is the best battery mode? ›
Using battery saver is the easiest way to extend battery life. Select Start , and then select Settings > System > Battery . If you want battery saver to turn on whenever the battery falls below a certain level, select Turn battery saver on automatically if my battery falls below: and set it where you'd like.
Which mode is better for battery saving? ›
The most fruitful battery life gains were found when switching from light mode at full brightness to dark mode. In the Purdue study (via Android Authority), researchers looked at dark mode power usage from six different applications.Does Tesla screen turn off in camp mode? ›
Camp allows you to power electronics through the USB ports and low voltage outlet in addition to maintaining the cabin temperature. The touchscreen remains on so you can play music, browse the internet, play games in the arcade, or watch shows in Tesla Theater.Does keeping power mode damage the battery? ›
No. There's no risk to your phone's battery when you use Battery Saver mode. In some ways, it may even extend the battery's life as you aren't constantly recharging it.How long can you camp on a battery? ›
Depending upon what you power and how much, you can generally boondock for 2-7 days. But a lot depends on what type of batteries you use. If your batteries aren't efficient, and don't hold much charge, your trip will be shortened substantially. So it's critical to choose the best battery for your needs.What temp is to cold for dog i car? ›
Cold weather is also a threat to your pet, even if in the car.. Hypothermia occurs when a pet's internal temperature drops below 98 degrees Fahrenheit, and is an extremely dangerous condition. Never leave your pet in the car when the temperatures are below 50 degrees.What AC temperature should we leave the dog? ›
If you're leaving a furry friend inside, stick to 78-80 degrees. You will save money, but will also keep your pets comfortable. Keep in mind that regular body temperature for cats and dogs is 3-4 degrees higher than for humans, so if it's comfortable for you it's likely comfortable for your pet.What is the best ambient temperature for a dog? ›
recommendations for dog housing
Ambient temperature, or the air temperature surrounding the animal (USDA, 2013), must not fall below 10°C (50°F) for dogs not acclimated to lower temperatures (USDA, 2013) or rise above 29.5°C (85°F) (USDA, 2013) for dogs in indoor facilities.
Tesla's Dog Mode is a climate control setting that allows the driver to keep the vehicle's interior temperature in a comfortable range while the vehicle is in park. This allows the driver to leave the vehicle for a short amount of time while their four-legged friend is safely sitting inside the cabin.What is Tesla camping mode? ›
The Camp Mode feature lets you to turn your vehicle into a comfortable and breathable car and one in which you can — in theory — comfortably sleep and camp in. When you put your vehicle into Camp Mode the cabin will maintain its interior lighting, temperature, airflow and play your music.What are the different modes in a Tesla? ›
- Chill: limits acceleration for a smooth and gentle ride,
- Standard: provides the normal level of acceleration (available on non-Performance All-Wheel Drive vehicles).
- Sport: provides the normal level of acceleration (available on Performance All-Wheel Drive vehicles).
What does Pet Mode do in Tesla? ›
Tesla dog mode is a climate control feature that allows drivers to keep their pets safe in a climate-controlled cabin of a Tesla vehicle. This climate control feature allows the driver to adjust the temperature and keep their pets warm or cool depending on the climate conditions.Can Tesla play music in dog mode? ›
As Atchley described it, this setting would leave a Tesla's air conditioning and music on while in park, presumably so that an owner could leave their dog in the vehicle alone. He also suggested that "Dog Mode" include "a display on screen saying 'I'm fine my owner will be right back. '"How much battery does Tesla use when parked? ›
The car lost only 15% of battery when parked for straight 32 days without getting charged. This translates to an average daily battery drain of only 0.47%.Can I sleep in my Tesla overnight? ›
We have a 2022 Long Range MY and found that a full night's sleep would use between 5 and 15% of our battery. I like to set the car around 18°C (64°F) and my partner prefers 69°F (20°C). If you are too warm or cold at night you can easily control this via the Tesla app - no need to crawl to the screen.What is Tesla comfort mode? ›
Comfort - Reduces the effort required to turn the steering wheel. In town, Model 3 feels easier to drive and park. Standard - Tesla believes that this setting offers the best handling and response in most conditions. Sport - Increases the effort required to turn the steering wheel.Does chill mode give more range? ›
Chill mode makes acceleration gradual and controlled, allowing the driver and the systems around them to give greater control in driving. It does not increase fuel efficiency or overall range, it's primary use is to provide a more relaxed and comfortable drive experience for passengers without sacrificing speed.How can I save my Tesla battery while driving? ›
Remove unnecessary cargo to lighten your load – more weight requires more energy to move the vehicle. Remove roof racks or rear racks when they are not in use. Reduce aerodynamic drag. Close all windows and change air suspension (if equipped) to 'Low' or 'Very Low' when driving at highway speeds.What does Joe mode mean? ›
In 2019, Tesla introduced Joe Mode, a volume setting that helps ensure that sleeping passengers in the rear seats are not disturbed by the vehicle's chimes and alerts. This volume setting is practical for those who have young children who may be sleeping and could be disturbed by loud noises.Can Tesla detect dogs? ›
As far as animal recognition, Teslas currently only visualize dogs, but it will often display a dog even if it's another animal.