Ford's new medium-sized pickup features a long list of features, 7,500 pound towing capacity and up to 26 mpg of the highway.
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Ford Motor Co. has developed a prototype silent kennel for dogs using noise interruption technology created for high-end vehicles sold in Europe.
For years, veterinarians have encouraged people to find quiet rooms for their pets because holiday fireworks can delight the animals. They run away, hit by cars, develop anxiety and stress that can lead to injury and injury. Dogs have an acute sense of hearing that is far better than humans, so loud sounds can be particularly painful and outrageous.
"We are getting animals who are completely afraid of death," said Michele Mara, a veterinary technician at Gasow Veterinary Hospital in Birmingham. "They walk through glass windows, scratch the house on the 4th of July, they do not like the sound of weapons or fireworks. They only handle it well. Many people often medicate the animals."
The Ford Quiet Kennel Design detects noise and transmits conflicting frequencies. In addition to noise reduction, the structure also has a soundproofing component and an automatic door. Mara sees a strong sales potential if the kennel is produced commercially.
The kennels are not available for purchase and have not yet been produced.
"We are not in the dog kennel business," Anthony Ireson, Director of Marketing and Communication for Ford Europe, said, laughing.
But if anyone wants to develop the prototype? Ford is open to the idea.
"We wondered how the technologies we use in our cars could be used to help in other situations. Can the dogs enjoy calmer New Year's Eve celebrations through the application of our Active Noise Control system?" Lyn West, Brand Content Manager, Marketing Communication, Ford of Europe , told Free Press.
"We have some more ideas about how our everyday life can benefit from a small Ford know-how."
Dogs in the quiet kennels hear less noise and feel less vibration. The sound systems are located in microphones around the dog bed in the kennel.  Ford uses the technology in its Edge / Endura SUV that was sold in Australia in December 2018 for $ 44,990.
"All we have done is try to see how technology can be used in life," said Ireson during a telephone interview while delivering Christmas cards at a lunch break outside of London. "If there is enough interest, we will explore the technology" for production.  More: Ford wants to eliminate the smell of new cars by baking them [1 9659008] More: Can airbags save pedestrians? GM patent idea
The project started as just a way to show technology that is often invisible to the consumer and now available in cars, said Ireson. "It's hard to demonstrate what can be done. This is the first of a series that we do about how our vehicle technologies affect life in other ways. This has just struck a chord. "
The Dearborn-based company is a leader in high-tech patent development, based on the large number of public applications filed for patents and trademarks globally. The car manufacturer has recently created headlines for their work to eliminate new imagery from vehicle, a problem among top prosecutors in China.
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