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Ford’s Noise-Cancelling Kennel to Protect Dogs from Loud Noises

Kennel is a prototype at this stage.

 Ford Europe’s new creation is nothing short of a boon for our four footed furry friends. It has a solution to ease one of the most common sources of fear and anxiety in dog the loud noise from fireworks. The car maker has invented the Noise-Cancelling Kennel, which applies the active noise-cancelling technology used in headphones and, more recently, in cars to a dog’s home.

This technology is currently used in Ford’s Edge SUV to mask engine noise. When microphones within the car pick up high levels of noise from the engine or transmission, the system sends out an opposing signal via the car’s audio system.

The sound waves, in effect, cancel each other out, leaving the passengers in relative silence. Bose has a similar system based on its noise- cancelling headphones that also target road noise.Ford wanted to explore how its automotive technology could be used to solve problems in other areas of life so it started an initiative it calls Interventions. With the active noise-cancelling technology, its design team chose to focus on dogs.

The kennel, which is a prototype at this stage, combines high-density cork cladding for soundproofing with the active noise-cancelling that comes via speakers. Inside it, fireworks noise is reduced to a level that won’t disturb a canine’s keen hearing.

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