The Volvo think tankers are never asleep at the wheel and their recent groundbreaking inflatable child safety seat design concept is case in point. The prototype was created in order to lessen a parent's laundry list of annoyances that have been tied to the hard-sided seat fortresses. The latest and greatest from the safety-minded automaker comes on the heel of three recent child safety seat recalls involving Graco, Evenflo and most recently, Baby Trend.
The Swedish automaker's child safety seats are made out of a military-grade, drop-stitch fabric that can be inflated to very high internal pressures. The seat has a built-in pump that quietly enables it to inflate in a mere 40 seconds by just the touch of a button. The seat also deflates using the same inflation mechanism.
When the 11-pound plus, rear-facing, child safety seat deflates, it can easily be folded to fit any standard-sized backpack. According to Volvo, the seat is easy to pack, carry and moms and dads can “use it in many situations not practical with the seats on the market today.” But here is the knee-slapping showstopper, the seat can be remotely controlled via a mobile phone and a simple bluetooth app.
Even though the inflatable child safety seat seems like a hands-down winner, particularly for parents who hate lugging those cumbersome and bulky things around, it is STILL reportedly, only a concept being kicked around at Volvo's research labs.
Watch the YouTube video of Volvo's cutting edge child safety seat technology.