Volvo has come up with a new concept design for a child’s car seat, an inflatable car seat that is designed to be lighter and easier to carry than existing car seats.
The video below shows the seat fully inflated, and when you press a button it easily deflates and can be placed in a backpack, which makes it easier to transport.
Lawrence Abele, Design Manager at the Volvo Monitoring and Concept Center in Los Angeles and the designer behind the new seat, had his two children in mind while designing the concept seat: “For me child safety is always the number one priority and when we lived abroad with two toddlers we had to haul bulky child seats through airports and then into taxis. For many, traveling with young children is a challenge; any assistance to simplify the parents’ life with young children is a great thing.”
The concept seat is as safe as anything on the market right now. It inflates in less than 40 seconds and the total weight of the seat is less than 5 kg, half the weight of a contemporary seat, and deflated it fits into a weekend bag together with other necessities for your child. The concept presents new opportunities, for example grandparents and friends who take care of your kids and need an ultra mobile child seat. It is also very convenient when travelling by taxi, rental car or bus, situations where you historically had to rely on the safety measures available.
It seems like an interesting idea, it is designed to face the rear of the car, which is the safest way for children to travel, at the moment it is just a concept, and there are no details on whether Volvo intends to launch it as an actual product.