Volvo has developed the Excellence Child Seat Concept in an effort to re-imagine how children could be transported in the future.
“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,” said Tisha Johnson, Chief Designer Interiors at Volvo Cars Concept and Monitoring Centre.
Swiveling Child SeatWith the front passenger seat removed, the Excellence Child Seat allows the parent to swivel the seat in a counter-clockwise direction and lock the seat in a rearward facing position. Volvo has also made sure that there's ample space for all baby related items, ensuring that your little one has everything it needs.
The seat, according to Volvo, also helps the child lean back and sleep, which is based on Volvo's clear safety position that emphasises that children should travel rearward facing up to the age of 3 or 4. The reason being that small children lack the muscular strength in their necks and the fact that the head size is disproportionate to the size of their bodies.
“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.