Front Seat for Fido

Pet-owners worldwide bring their dogs and cats with them on road trips, even if it's just to the corner store or the vet's office. While pet harnesses and special seats for Fido and Fluffy are available to consumers, they have always been aftermarket accessories. Now, the Honda Motor Co., is eliminating the middle man of accessory sales and designing cars for the small pet owners, tapping into a potentially lucrative market.

According to the Washington Post, Honda was set to unveil a concept car the Tokyo Motor Show that includes a glove compartment that converts into a dog carrier (for small dogs) and a row of seats that can become a holding pen for larger dogs.

Animal lovers can't line up to purchase the minivan just yet, however. According to the article, it currently is a trial model and its appearance at the show is designed to test consumer reaction, though Honda has a series of animal-friendly options and add-ons in the works.

The Tokyo Motor Show began October 22 and lasts until November 6.

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