A new breed of leash harness that uses GPS to track the rider’s location has hit the market.
Tug, a New Zealand-based company that manufactures harnesses for cats, dogs and horses, announced it had developed a new “smart” collar system that can be programmed to detect and track the riders location, according to the New Zealand Herald.
The company said it would begin mass production in September, and would go on trial in New Zealand in December.
The system is powered by GPS technology, and the company claims it can track the location of a user in less than one second, according the Herald.
“We have designed the Tug harness to provide the rider with a unique experience,” said Tug CEO and co-founder Sam White.
“In this case, the user is in a tight space that is difficult to move around.”
Tug harnesses can be used by any dog or cat, but the company has created a line of “smart cat” harnesses that allow a user to control the dog’s movement with a smartphone app.
“If the dog goes off its leash and the rider follows suit, the Tog collar can track where the dog is,” said White.
The harness has the ability to be worn on a cat’s collar, and it can be worn by dogs as well as cats.
Users can add sensors to the TUG harness to track their location.
The technology, called Tugle, is said to be the most advanced and secure collar system ever developed for pets.
The product has been in development since 2009, and is designed to help owners of cats, and has been used by hundreds of thousands of people, according a press release from the company.
Tugs harnesses are currently being tested in the UK, Australia and the US, and are expected to be available to the public in 2018.