Now you’ll need another reason to make a midnight taco run.
Ford has a plan to help your baby sleep soundly without those annoying late-night trips in the minivan to induce unconsciousness. Say hello to the Max Motor Dreams – a baby crib with built-in speakers, LED lighting, and a motion-enabled mattress that the automaker says can mimic the exact car rides that put baby to sleep.
The crib was designed by Alejandro López Bravo at the Spanish creative studio Espada y Santa Cruz. It’s more than just a motorized, light-up cot, however. It works in conjunction with a smartphone app that can record sounds, distance, and movement of a particular baby-approved sleep route. The information is sent to the crib, which then mimics the route.
A speaker mounted in the base of the crib delivers muted engine and road noise, while orange LED lights at the top simulate 360-degree motion to recreate passing street lamps. Motorized actuators use the motion information captured by the smartphone to gently rock baby up simulated hills and around corners.
Presumably it doesn’t record loud exhaust sounds or mimic high-G cornering, which by the way, shame on you for thinking such things in an article about helping babies and parents sleep better. Actually it’s okay – we were thinking it too.
Now you’re probably thinking about how much something like this costs, especially if you have a little bundle of joy that loves to get crazy in the wee hours of the morning. Unfortunately, we have nothing to offer since this is technically a concept that’s still in-process. Considering the technology involved – and considering it says Ford on the side, figure it won’t be cheap. But it is a novel approach to something that has undeniably helped kids to sleep since the first cars hit the road. Now perhaps the parents can get some sleep too.
Gallery: Ford Max Motor Dreams baby crib
CLEVER COT SIMULATES CAR JOURNEYS SO BABY CAN GET TO SLEEP AT HOME – WITHOUT MUM OR DAD HAVING TO HIT THE ROAD
- New parents often struggle with sleep loss when adjusting to life with a little one
- For many, driving is one of the best ways to get baby off to sleep at night
- Now Ford has developed a cot that could simulate nocturnal car rides at home
- Designed to work with a smartphone app, cot copies journey motion, sound, and lighting
COLOGNE, Germany, April 6, 2017 – For many new parents, there is only one guaranteed solution to putting their baby down at the end of the day – a night-time drive that soothes, calms and eventually helps little one nod off.
But that still means a disrupted night for mum or dad, who research shows can typically expect little more than five hours sleep a night while losing the equivalent of 44 days sleep in just the first year of their child’s life.* Help, however, could soon be at hand.
Ford has developed a cot that could simulate – in the comfort of your own home – the motion, engine noise, and even the street lighting of those night‑time drives. To all appearances a regular cot, the Max Motor Dreams, comes to life using a smartphone app. This enables it to record and then reproduce the comforting movement, lights and sounds of a particular journey.
“After many years of talking to mums and dads, we know that parents of newborns are often desperate for just one good night’s sleep. But while a quick drive in the family car can work wonders in getting baby off to sleep, the poor old parents still have to be awake and alert at the wheel,” said Max Motor Dreams designer Alejandro López Bravo, of Spanish creative studio Espada y Santa Cruz, which produced the award-winning design. “The Max Motor Dreams could make the everyday lives of a lot of people a little bit better.”
For now, the Max Motor Dreams is a one-off pilot. But following numerous enquiries, the company is considering putting the unique cot into full‑scale production.