Volvo has designed a lightweight and inflatable rearward-faced child seat concept, ready to enter production in future years. The seat is safety tested, easy to pack and carry and also easy to install. The concept addreses parents but also grandparents and friends who take take of someone`s childrens. They all need an ultra mobile child seat, very convenient when travelling by taxi, rental car or bus.
The seat has an innovative pump system that is silent and efficient in its construction. The seat inflates in less than 40 seconds and deflates with an integrated pump. The total weight of the seat less than 5 kg, half the weight of a contemporary seat, and it is constantly online via Bluetooth enabling a wide range of features, including remote controlled inflation. It fits into a weekend bag.
“We used a unique material called drop-stitch fabric when creating the prototype of the seat. This fabric is very strong when inflated as it can be brought to a very high internal pressure. It is a quite common technology in the boating industry and was originally developed by the military in an effort to develop inflatable airplanes,” says Maria Hansson, Project Manager at Volvo Monitoring and Concept Center in Los Angeles.