Some new and innovative features quickly become an integral part of virtually every car. And some, er, don’t.
If you’re of a certain vintage, you may be able to remember a time when hire cars didn’t come with ABS or air con. There was an era when Bluetooth wasn’t a thing, when sat nav was your co-driver holding a map, and when rear seat belts didn’t exist because it wasn’t a legal requirement to wear them.
Now, of course, these things are commonplace. Most of them are standard in most hire vehicles. But technology doesn’t stand still. Virtually every month we see some new gizmo set to transform the driving experience of the future. Sometimes we hear of gadgets and features that are a little less likely to catch on. And no car company has championed the eccentric car add-on like Tesla.
In just the past few months we’ve had the Christmas light show to the sounds of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra on the Model X. There’s been the addition of a flatulent unicorn to Tesla’s touchpad. A sentry mode blares classical music if the car detects a break-in. And last week Tesla unveiled its dog mode. At least there’s a practical rationale behind this one.
Switch on dog mode and the car uses its air con to regulate temperature within the car to keep your dog cool. A message also appears on screen saying ‘I’m fine, my owner will be back soon’.
It’s a nice idea and one which could have the desired effect of reducing the number of dogs that die in hot cars. But as the RSPCA and PETA note, tech can fail, meaning that the only sure-fire way of ensuring your dog stays safe is not to keep it in the car.
You won’t find a classical music sentry, dog mode or farting unicorn on any of our hire cars or vans. We’re going out on a limb here, but we imagine that won’t be a deal-breaker.
Talk to us about your next van hire or car rental here.