Tesla update 2022.8 reveals that Tesla will add 'Dog Mode', 'Camp Mode' and more to the app

By Clint Payne
You will soon be able to turn on Dog Mode from the Tesla app
You will soon be able to turn on Dog Mode from the Tesla app

According to code found in Tesla's 4.7 app update, and now with an image found in Tesla's latest vehicle update (2022.8.2), we can now confirm that Tesla is going to be added additional climate features to the Tesla app.

An upcoming app update will make it easier for owners to manage their car’s climate control settings, specifically by adding the ability to turn on Dog Mode, Camp Mode, and Climate Keeper through the Tesla app.

The latest feature update will be accessible in the climate section of the app by dragging the slider upward.

Dog Mode, Camp Mode, and Climate Kepper will appear next to the cabin's overheat protection setting, which currently protects the car’s interior from overheating during warmer days. This new app update will make it easier for Tesla owners to manage their vehicles.

Dog Mode

Dog Mode allows you to set the temperature in the car, just like you'd set it at home, and the vehicle will keep the interior of the vehicle at that temperature until you return. It doesn't matter whether the cabin needs to be heated or cooled; the car will control the HVAC to keep the vehicle at the selected temperature.

Camp Mode

Camp Mode allows your cabin to maintain the interior lighting, temperature, airflow, powered USB ports, and other theater features.

Climate Keeper

The Climate Keeper feature ensures that the temperature in your cabin is maintained for an extended period, depending on the current battery charge percentage.

All features work when the vehicle has a charge capacity of at least 20%. Once your vehicle hits 20% battery, Tesla will send you a notification via the Tesla app letting you know that the battery is getting low and that you should return to your car.

Currently, Dog Mode, Camp Mode, and Climate Keeper are all features that are only available by toggling them on from within the climate control menu, while the vehicle is in park. They can not be toggled on while the vehicle is in drive, reverse, or neutral.

Adding the functionality for Tesla owners to turn these on from the comfort of their home or anywhere in the world is a highly anticipated mobile app feature that will be available across all Tesla vehicles.

The Tesla app gives you seamless access to your car and energy products from anywhere in the world and is another reason why so many people choose Tesla compared to other companies.

Tesla's mobile app was first released in 2012 and received a warm reception from Tesla owners. However, over the past few years, Tesla has made numerous improvements by adding features that enhance the daily lives of Tesla owners.

When this app update is released it'll require your vehicle to be on a recent vehicle version as well. Stay tuned for these new climate features in an upcoming update.

A Better Routeplanner 5.0 Launches; Adds EV Charger Ratings Using Rivian Data

By Karan Singh
Not a Tesla App

A Better Routeplanner 5.0 launched yesterday, and there are some pretty awesome features coming to all EV owners courtesy of Rivian. Rivian purchased ABRP last year and has made good on its promises to continue its improvement and ensure it remains open to all EV owners.

Charger Scoring

Rivian recently added a feature that would rate any chargers compatible with Rivian vehicles. The list of chargers includes Rivian Adventure Network (RAN) chargers, Tesla Superchargers and any other compatible third-party chargers. The charger score is automatically calculated based on the station's average top speed and reliability.

With the launch of ABRP 5.0, Rivian is integrating its charger scores directly into the free tier of ABRP so that all EV owners can benefit. ABRP users will now be able to see charger scores, and ABRP will automatically route users to chargers with higher scores if they are available on your route.

Google Automotive

Another cool feature for ABRP is that it will now be available as an app to install and use directly in vehicles that support Google Automotive. Any EV that uses Google Automotive, including Volvo,  Polestar, Ford, and GM will support the in-system experience, which will also provide data for charger scoring and routing.

This will be an excellent way to hold third-party networks accountable, which have commonly suffered from uptime or speed issues.

Tesla’s Implementation

Tesla previously implemented a “Qualified Third-Party Charger” program, that would allow highly-rated third-party chargers that meet a strict set of requirements to be displayed directly in the vehicle. However, this is currently limited to Europe and parts of the Middle East. Within North America, Tesla only displays third-party Tesla destination chargers in addition to Superchargers.

While Tesla doesn’t directly show charger scores, they clearly are tracking charge data, and are providing the cream of the crop of third-party chargers for navigation where the program is available. We’d hope that this implementation of qualified third-party chargers also comes to North America, as NACS is becoming the de facto standard for charging.

If Tesla does expand the display of third-party chargers to other regions, it’ll likely be similar to what we see in Europe today, and won’t be as open as Rivian’s implementation in ABRP.

Tesla Begins Testing FSD in China

By Karan Singh
Not a Tesla App

Tesla was recently granted permission to test FSD on Chinese streets – specifically in Shanghai. Just recently, Elon Musk visited China and discussed the potential for FSD to come to China.

Gearing Up for FSD China

This is just the first step for Tesla to begin its customer deployments of FSD – Tesla conducts similar ADAS testing in North America, where special testing vehicles and testing employees run the latest FSD (Supervised) versions against a gamut of real-world, real-life tests.

Tesla has recently been working on translating FSD release notes into multiple languages, alongside building a data center in Shanghai and establishing an FSD Operations and Labelling team at the same center. These are the first, key steps to bringing FSD to a new market that has unique and different traffic rules when compared North America.

China doesn’t have the regulatory hurdles or challenges that Tesla faces in Europe to bring FSD and has been working with Chinese corporations as well as the government, which has now provided its official approval for FSD testing in-country.

We might even see FSD deployed to early testing customers in China by the end of 2025.

ADAS Competitors

There are quite a few competitors in the Chinese market already- with challengers like Xpeng and Xiaomi working on building their own homegrown systems, mostly driven by a mixture of cameras, radars, ultrasonic sensors, and LIDAR. However, many of these systems face similar challenges to other non-Chinese competitors and don’t have the mileage under their belts to tackle Tesla’s dominating lead in data and data processing.

European Union

Tesla is poising itself for an FSD rollout internationally, with increased testing also taking place in the UK, France, and Spain – some of the key locations with unique infrastructure in the European Union. However, some EU-specific regulations restrict how FSD can perform – each and every action must be manually approved by the driver. Until that regulation is changed to adapt to systems like FSD, it won’t be making its way there just yet.

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