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Ford Kennel Prototype Cancels Out Noise, Looks Super Cool

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New Ford kennel prototype uses soundproofing for less-stressed pets

Last year, Ford showed off its Max Motor Dreams cot, a nifty little creation that helps lull babies to sleep by simulating the gentle motion and passing lights of a late-night car ride home. Those whose families only consist of beloved fur babies may have seen this and thought, gee, I could use something like that the help my pup nod off. Enter this, a new Ford-manufactured noise-canceling kennel.

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The guiding idea behind the Ford kennel is to help relieve animal anxiety during events like the Fourth of July and New Year’s Eve, where loud fireworks can cause great stress and might even lead to a pet running away out of fear if they get loose. The prototype works by using a built-in audio system that cancels out external noise, ala Ford’s Active Noise Control system, as well as high-density cork that sound-proofs the structure. It rests on an anti-vibration riser, which ensures a totally serene experience.

“We wondered how the technologies we use in our cars could be applied to help in other situations. Could dogs enjoy quieter New Year’s Eve celebrations through the application of our Active Noise Control system? We have a few more ideas in progress as to how our everyday lives might benefit from a little Ford know-how,” said Lyn West, brand content manager, Marketing Communications, Ford of Europe.

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This kennel isn’t just functional; it also looks pretty rad thanks to a design that would most certainly work in a modern home. Far less oppressive than the black bars of a steel kennel, and actually quite cozy looking. It’s also got a transparent automatic door that keeps your pet enclosed for their safety without making it seem like they’re locked up in the hoosegow.

This cool Ford kennel is, like the Max Motor Dreams cot, just a prototype. The kennel represents the first entry in what Ford calls its Interventions, a series of initiatives that leverage automotive-based technology to create solutions to other problems. In revealing the kennel, Ford is pretty intentional with its choice to say that it is merely a concept and prototype “for now,” so there seems to be some cause to hope that this rad-looking thing will be offered somewhere down the line.

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