Volvo has come up with a completely new concept for baby seats. As long as you have the money to buy the 2016 XC90 “Excellence” edition, which is an extended legroom version of its usually 7-passenger XC90 SUV.
The only major difference is there’s a rear-facing swiveling baby seat where the front passenger normally sits.
I would have to say, it looks odd, but if you have ever had children you would know how hard it can be to put your baby in its usual capsule in the rear seat.
According to Wired, Volvo wants to eliminate crash-related fatalities in its new cars by 2020, and approaches the problem from several angles. It’s working hard on autonomous driving tech, with a test program using real customers planned for 2017. It has extensive research arguing children of all ages should have special seats, and to that end includes integrated booster cushions in many of its vehicles. It says small children, up through age 3 or 4, should travel facing rearward because of the lack of muscular strength in their necks and the disproportionate head size and weight in relation to the body.
Volvo Cars Excellence child seat concept:
Tisha Johnson, Volvo’s Chief Designer of Interiors, said in a press release: “Being able to maintain eye contact with your child from the rear seat… would go a long way towards making life easier for parents taking their small child on a trip. Such alternative seating arrangements will become increasingly important as we move towards autonomous vehicles.”
“We focused on three key benefits—making it easier to get the child into and out of the child seat from an ergonomic and comfort perspective, providing the child with a safe rearward facing seating position that enables it to keep eye-contact with either the driver or the rear passenger, and of course including enough storage for those vital child accessories, such as diapers, bottles, wipes, and so on,” Johnson added.
Here is some of what people have said on the Volvo Facebook page:
This is still in the concept stage, and it will be interesting if it gets beyond that.