Specially trained dogs can bring a lot of benefits to society - they can find victims of natural disasters, determine the presence of drugs or explosives, and apprehend criminals. The only problem is that dogs are not always able to hear the commands of their owners. This is why scientists at University of Auburn, Alabama have created a "management system" for dogs.
Designed by engineers Jeff Miller and David Baveley, it consists of a microprocessor, radio transmitter, GPS receiver and heading system. The system also includes a command module that generates sound signals. All this luggage is placed on the dog's back.
The system can work both autonomously, guiding the dog according to preset GPS points, and in real time according to commands received from a person. The technology is designed for situations when the dog's owner is physically unable to accompany the animal, or loud noises make it impossible to give direct commands.
Tests carried out in various environments have shown that dogs using the distance system show an "obedience accuracy" of about 87%.
The inventors hope that the technology can be used to rescue people in hazardous environments, as well as to assist the visually impaired as additional equipment for guide dogs.