A new system developed in Dundee could herald the beginning of safer car travel for dogs when it is unveiled at this year’s Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design and Architecture Degree Show.
University of Dundee student Minrui Jiao, 21, says that her prototype travel system ‘Out Dog’ will satisfy poodles and labradors alike, eliminating the threat of injury or death to animal and human should their vehicle be involved in a collision.
The product design student from Beijing says that she was inspired by her family’s puppy back in the Chinese capital to develop her idea.
She feared the driver could become distracted by a pet moving around.
She said: “Our puppy is very cute but every time we want to go out in the car together we don’t know how to transport him safely.
“Usually we put him in the back by himself, but because he’s curious he likes to stand up and look out of the window.
“But if a dog is moving about then that can distract the driver, which is not particularly safe.
“People also want to treat dogs as family members, and quite often they are not very comfortable, so these are two things I wanted to address.”
While a range of dog travel harnesses are already on the market, Out Dog features a base plate – like a child seat – and is designed to work with the international standard Isofix safety system.
While providing a protective cocoon for both the dog and human passengers should the worst happen on the road, space has been created to allow Fido to lounge in comfort while in transit.
A harness is also integrated into the design, though installed with some forgiveness to allow the animal to move without too much restriction.