Volvo Debuts Child Seat Concept on 2016 XC90
After introducing the Lounge Console Concept, Volvo showcased yet another innovation for its redesigned XC90. The Excellence Child Seat Concept is a new way for children to ride in the car safely and luxuriously.
Volvo cites three main benefits for the new child seat. The automaker said it allows parents to get their children in and out of the car more easily, while opening up more storage space for diapers, bottles, and other essentials. It also allows for eye contact between the child and either the driver or rear passenger. When placing the child in the seat, the parent can swivel it counter-clockwise for better access, as well as lock it in a rear-facing position.The seat is designed so children can safely lean back and go to sleep.
"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," said Tisha Johnson, chief designer of interiors at Volvo Cars Concept and Monitoring Centre. "Such alternative seating arrangements will become increasingly important as we move towards autonomous vehicles."
The Excellence Child Seat Concept shows Volvo's commitment to safety, along with its stance on child safety. The automaker believes that children up to the age of 3 or 4 should travel rearward facing, due to the lack of muscle strength in the neck, mainly due to the disproportionate weight and size of the head compared to the rest of the child's body.
This article originally appeared on MSN.