Volvo has been at the forefront of car safety for decades so it comes as little surprise they are now thinking of a new way for child transportation. As a matter of fact, the Swedish marque was the first company to install a rear-facing child seat prototype in 1964 on a PV544 and now they have created something truly interesting that is being demonstrated on a second generation XC90 which went on sale in India a short while ago.
It’s known as the Excellence Child Seat concept and as you can see it has built-in swiveling capabilities. In other words, the parent can swivel the child seat counter clockwise and lock it in a rearward facing position. Speaking of which, Volvo mentions small children should be kept in a rearward facing position for as much as possible or at least until they reach the age of 3 or 4. This is because small children don’t have enough muscular strength in their necks and also due to their disproportionate head size and weight.
Aside from ensuring the utmost safety conditions, the Excellence Child Seat concept created by Volvo also boasts side and bottom storage for carrying a wide variety of useful items like diapers, blankets, tote bag and other similar products that a parent needs to take good care of the child.
This is only a concept for now, but Tisha Johnson - Chief Designer Interiors at Volvo Cars Concept and Monitoring Centre - says these alternative seating layouts are set to become more and more important in the automotive industry which sooner or later will embrace autonomous driving technology.
It will be interesting to see whether Volvo’s Excellence Child Seat concept will make the transition to production and if it will, chances are we will get to see it in the all-new XC90 which is considered by many as being the safest SUV money can buy.