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Honda designs dog-friendly car

I wonder how our three beasts would like this? I’m sure they’d want their soft beds in the back. We’ve got small (Chloe, 17 lbs), large (Bailey, 85 lbs) and XXL (Tonka, 125 lbs). Tonka would take up the whole back seat! (AP):

The W.O.W. Concept, which stands for “wonderful openhearted wagon,” shown to reporters recently, is an exhibition model with no plans for commercial sale that will be exhibited at the Tokyo auto show later this month.

A special crate for dogs in the glove apartment allows owners to interact with their pets while driving. A bigger crate pops up from the floor in the back seat area and can be folded back into the floor when it’s not needed. For even bigger dogs, just buckle them up with a special seat belt to the floor.

The big danger for pets riding along in cars is that they get thrown out during a crash. About a fifth of Japanese households have a dog, and demand is growing for cars that cater to man’s best friend, according to Honda.

The W.O.W comes with removable, washable, rollout flooring and has wide sliding doors to keep dogs happy.

Tonka, Chloe, Bailey.

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