Tesla’s Romance Mode Will Make You Hot Under The Collar

In between the new ‘Dog Mode’ and ‘Sentry Mode’, Tesla found the time to develop a ‘Romance Mode’ late last year and introduced it to customer cars in December.

Romance Mode can be activated through a dedicated button in the infotainment system of the Tesla Model 3, Model S, and Model X. When launched, a video of a fireplace covers the screen. But that’s not all.

Complementing the fireplace is “sexy” music from the likes of Marvin Gaye and others. Romance Mode also activates the vehicle’s heating system to really get things steamy. The feature is only available when the vehicle is parked which, we guess, is a good thing for very obvious reasons.

Is Romance Mode a gimmick? Of course, but that’s not the point; besides, Tesla owners seem to enjoy with these kind of things.

The release of fun modes like this, as well as a range of hidden Easter Eggs, is just one of the ways Tesla likes to differentiate itself from rival companies while projecting a fun and relaxed attitude. The aforementioned Dog Mode and Sentry Mode were actually suggested by Tesla owners before the electric automaker went ahead with developing and introducing them.

An obvious advantage Tesla has over many of its competitors is the over-the-air technology it uses that enables fast and easy updates through the vehicle’s entertainment system, making the implementation of features like Romance Mode that much easier. It’s little wonder then why many other automakers are following suit and introducing over-the-air systems to their latest vehicles, such as BMW with the new-generation 8-Series, for example. And, since this seems to work, we expect the rest to follow.

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  • Six_Tymes

    so you can be reminded how quickly you can be roasted alive in the event of an accident? no thanks

    • S3XY

      That doesn’t make any sense

      • D4VE THEFIRST

        Grow up then you get it

    • EVER SEE THE FIRE EXTINGUISHER OPTION ON FERRARI AND LAMBORGHINI?

      • D4VE THEFIRST

        Switch off caps lock you moron

  • TheBelltower

    Tesla makes the quickest, safest, most efficient cars that money can buy. It’s these kinds of “Easter eggs” that give them personality and seem a lot less serious. Now Tesla just needs to update their animated Holiday Easter egg on the model X. I’ve had to show it to people about a hundred times, and I am really sick of it.

    • Da Only Skid

      Wait until your peeps want to see the hot-steamy-fire-Marvin Gaye mode.

      Maybe it should automatically lock the doors and disable the door handles also.

      • TheBelltower

        The “come here kid… want some candy?” Easter egg is the next next upgrade.

  • Bash

    I find this silly.

  • Shobin Drogan

    Imagine the backlash and insults if any other reputable car company tries to do this. However since this is Tesla, the public will find it cool and funny. That said, other car companies wouldn’t be doing irrelevant things like this anyway.

    • YEAH, INSTEAD THEY GIVE US CARS LIKE THE BOLT. OH JOY.

      • Mr. EP9

        The Bolt is actually a decent car. GM just killed it because the company is badly managed.

        • S3XY

          Bolt is a hideous turd that you can’t take on a long distance trip. It is not a decent car without a proper charging network.

          No one has ever dreamed of driving a vehicle that looks like the Dolt. It is not good looking and it is not desirable. The Volt is 10000x better than it.

          • Joseph Brown

            Nah, the Bolt is just an unexciting econobox. Other than the cheap interior, uncomfortable seats, narrow tyres, and (expensive add-on) second class fast-charging, as well as a few strange oversights (non-LED lighting, for one), it is actually darned solid. With those drawbacks, it is not a premium car.

            If GM could make money selling it at US $25k, they would have a real killer; and it still has the instant-response torque that can make BEVs fun to drive. Trouble is, it is the first serious BEV that GM produced in twenty years, and they had some lessons to learn. And since they were buying all of the powertrain and pack from outside suppliers, those suppliers got the profit.

            I think GM can do better, but the Bolt is not bad, and some of the engineering is right on point.

      • Shobin Drogan

        The bolt was a decent car but severely overpriced. Not too different from a Tesla roadster. Also, Americans have no interest in buying hatchbacks. Why do you think ford stopped selling fiestas over there? Also im not sure why you brought up the Bolt, since clearly i was referring to irrelevant features in cars.

        • I BROUGHT UP THE BOLT BECAUSE THOUGH IT DOESN’T HAVE “IRRELEVANT FEATURES” IT’S NOT A VERY COMPELLING VEHICLE. YES, THE EASTER EGGS ARE SILLY AND IF I OWNED A TESLA I DOUBT I’D GIVE THEM MUCH ATTENTION BUT AS A WHOLE THEY ARE MUCH MORE INTERESTING CARS.

      • Da Only Skid

        Is your CAPS button stuck?

        • NOPE, IT’S WORKING AS DESIGNED.

    • S3XY

      Other car companies wouldn’t think to do anything like this because they don’t have the minds that Tesla has

      All other car companies are old era thinking humans

      Tesla is the new school futuristic revolutionary tech company that makes cars.

      You certainly wouldn’t find something this cool in a corvette.

      • salamOOn

        ok, after this post i am 100 percent sure, you are very good at trolling.

        • D4VE THEFIRST

          And fappin’ too

    • Joseph Brown

      Tesla has a serious advantage in doing things like this — the computer which runs the car is fully integrated, making updates simple and powerful. One OTA changed fundamental braking behavior.

      Other carmakers have a separate computer for the braking system. And another one for the carburation and ignition systems. A different computer handles the Infotainment interface. A distinct system handles interior and exterior lighting, and signals. Most of these computers do not talk to each other, and they do not share hardware, software, design philosophy, power, or… well, much of anything. Writing an Over-The-Air update for such a fragmented control scheme is nigh impossible. The key advantage that Tesla has, and exploits with OTA updates, is the control system for everything is a single computer.

      Other automakers need to change their designs and supply chains to match where Tesla is now, which is something they certainly can do — but not quickly. When Toyota (just as an example) offers some silly random Easter-Egg alongside a fundamental update to driving characteristics in a single OTA update, we will know that they have actually caught up.

      • Da Only Skid

        They don’t speak to each other (vehicle systems) because of different programming languages? Thought the CANBUS connected systems?

        Seems OTA updates would be a no-brainer given that many vehicles offer in-car LTE. And On Star, that sh#t can’t even be disconnected…have tried in 2010 Tahoe…might as well make it useful.

        • Joseph Brown

          I don’t know about every subsystem of every vehicle, but for a long time the braking system had no need to talk to the infotainment system. Since each automaker has a choice of suppliers, it is entirely possible for all of the subsytem computers to be made by different companies.

          Things may be improving today, but there is a long legacy of a wild hodge-podge of different subsystems. Until every subsystem computer can seamlessly communicate with all other subsystem computers, the Tesla approach of having all computing needs served by the same computer will have an edge in OTA updates.

  • APPARENTLY ACCORDING TO SOME VIDEOS THE HEAT COMES ON ONE SIDE AND A/C THE OTHER TO STEAM UP THE WINDOWS. SILLY BUT HARMLESS.

  • Salih Ahzem

    Fire truck on the way to put this out… Oh wait, the car will crash into one anyway!

    • S3XY

      Is that suppose to be funny?

    • FUNNY IF YOU BUY A FERRARI OR A LAMBO YOU GET THE OPTION OF A FIRE EXTINGUISHER. WHAT DOES THAT TELL YOU?

  • salamOOn

    “Tesla found the time to develop”

    😀 its like 5 minute job, and you develop nothing while doing that.

  • charlotteharry57

    This only makes matters worse. EVERY WEEK, on national TV, whether it’s due to driver distraction or the “autonomous mode”, I see a horrific accident involving an out-of-control Tesla (latest one was one T-boning an SUV in FL, while doing over 100). Guess folks that buy them can afford it, but the insurance premiums on them must be astronomical. Insurance industry may end up putting the whole shebang out of biz.

  • DanSemering

    Maybe focus on the battery than on the Romance mode…nobody care about that Romance mode…a bed is a bed

  • ksegg

    Please. I’m looking forward to:

    “Bad Day At Work Mode” where the horn comes on, and doesn’t shut off until you get home.

    “Bad Breakup Mode” where the car text spams your ex.

    “Cat Mode” where it plays cats in heat sounds to further antagonize your cat.

    “Toilet Paper Mode” where it just automatically orders toilet paper via Amazon compulsively.

    • TWEET ELON, HE MAY SEND AN UPDATE IF ENOUGH PEOPLE ASK FOR IT.

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