Who doesn’t love fireworks? For starters, your dog may not appreciate them. The loud explosions can be a major source of stress for man’s best friend—if not even a source of fear that can cause your dog to run away and not return. Concerned pet owners have been looking for a way to not only enjoy the nighttime display, but to also protect their beloved animals. The Noise-Cancelling Dog Kennel made by Ford as a part of the Interventions series. “We wondered how the technologies we use in our cars could help people in other situations,” explains Marketing Communications Brand Content Manager for Ford of Europe Lyn West. “Making sure dogs and their owners could enjoy a stress-free New Year’s Eve seemed like the perfect application for our Active Noise Control system, and we have a few more ideas in progress as to how our everyday lives might benefit from a little Ford know-how.”
The kennel works by using microphones to detect the sounds of fireworks (or other loud noises). A built-in audio system then emits opposing frequencies to cancel out the noise. High-density cork, coupled with baffling, is incorporated in the design to further reduce noise. It even has an automatic door.
The kennel is just a prototype for now, but the idea should offer a little peace of mind to dog owners.