Volvo has developed an inflatable child seat concept which will likely go into production in the near future.

Volvo has developed an inflatable child seat concept which will likely go into production in the near future.

Back in 1964 the Swedish marque started working on child safety by introducing the first ever rear-facing child seat and now fifty years later they have prepared a concept for an inflatable rearward-faced child seat. The main highlight is a pump system that silently inflates the seat in less than 40 seconds.

In addition, the seat weighs less than 5 kg (11 lbs) which makes it about fifty percent lighter than a conventional child seat. Parents can remotely control the inflation system by using a smartphone thanks to the seat's incorporated Bluetooth functionality. Its compact dimensions (45x50x20 cm) allow it to easily fit into a weekend bag together with other items necessary for a child.

Volvo used a unique material called drop-stitch fabric for the seat's prototype which they say is very strong when inflated since it can support a very high internal pressure. This technology was initially created for military purposes to develop inflatable airplanes and then it was carried over in the boating industry and now it seems it's about ready to reach the automotive domain.

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Volvo introduces inflatable child seat concept [video]