The Volvo Cars’ design team has managed to inject a touch of luxury and re-imagined how children could travel safely in cars in the future.
Where the Lounge Console Concept saw the front passenger seat removed in favour of a large multi-function work table that doubles as a media screen, the Excellence Child Seat Concept puts a child seat in that position instead.
What resulted is a child seat that can swivel counter-clockwise when seating the child and can then be locked in the seat in a rearward facing position. Storage areas for small items can be found beside the seat and a storage space underneath.
The concept also allows small children to safely lean back and sleep and illustrates Volvo’s clear safety position that small children should travel rearward facing as long as possible (at least up to the age of 3 or 4).
As Tisha Johnson, Chief Designer Interiors at Volvo Cars Concept and Monitoring Centre puts it, “We started by asking ourselves if we could make life easier for parents and safer for their children when it comes to the child seat experience. 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.”
“For us the safety, convenience, and emotional factors outweigh everything else. Being able to maintain eye contact with your child from the rear seat , or being able to keep a bottle warm in the heated cup holders in the XC90 Excellence, 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,” added Tisha Johnson.