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Volvo child seat concept puts kids' safety up front

Volvo child seat concept puts ...
Volvo's Excellence Child Seat Concept puts the baby face-to-face with the rear passenger
Volvo's Excellence Child Seat Concept puts the baby face-to-face with the rear passenger
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Volvo's Excellence Child Seat Concept puts the baby face-to-face with the rear passenger
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Volvo's Excellence Child Seat Concept puts the baby face-to-face with the rear passenger
The Excellence Child Seat can also be unlocked and rotated on its pedestal toward the front passenger door, allowing for easier loading and unloading of its precious cargo
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The Excellence Child Seat can also be unlocked and rotated on its pedestal toward the front passenger door, allowing for easier loading and unloading of its precious cargo

Back in April, Volvo showed off its Lounge Console at the Shanghai International Auto Show. The concept replaced the usually-unoccupied front passenger seat of a chauffeur-driven vehicle with a multi-purpose luxury footrest for use by the rear-seat passenger. Building on that idea, the Swedish automaker has now unveiled the Excellence Child Seat Concept, which replaces the front seat with a baby seat.

The thinking behind the concept is that it will make access to the infant easier, plus it should also provided added safety and storage space.

In current setups, the child seat is usually mounted in the back seat facing forward. This means that no passengers can directly face the baby, without either twisting around from the front or leaning in from the side. What's more, according to Volvo, infants face a greater risk of car accident-related injuries when facing forward, as they lack neck strength and their heads are disproportionally large compared to their bodies.

By contrast, in the Excellence concept, the back-seat passenger and the baby face one another – and the baby is facing rearwards. Even if just the driver and the infant are in the car, it's still easier for the driver to see the little one's face while driving.

The Excellence Child Seat can also be unlocked and rotated on its pedestal toward the front passenger door, allowing for easier loading and unloading of its precious cargo
The Excellence Child Seat can also be unlocked and rotated on its pedestal toward the front passenger door, allowing for easier loading and unloading of its precious cargo

The child seat can also be unlocked and rotated on its pedestal toward the front passenger door, allowing for easier loading and unloading of its precious cargo. Additionally, storage spaces beside and beneath that seat can be used for items such as diapers, bottles or blankets.

There's currently no word on when – or if – the Excellence Child Seat might make its way into a production vehicle.

Source: Volvo

3 comments
Timelord
Why not have the front passenger seatback have the ability to fold forward and down like rear seats in vans and SUVs then put this on top? That would give two options, a dedicated rear-facing child carrier and a regular passenger seat. Plus it would put the child seat higher at regular eye level so the rear passenger wouldn't have to look downward to see the baby and the carrier could be removed without having to bend down as far. Also should create a standardized baby carrier mount so any manufacturer could create a compatible carrier model, sort of like how an iPhone Lightning dock is standardized.
Τριαντάφυλλος Καραγιάννης
Babies are "babies" for 3-4 years (in the sense of requiring a child seat). A car typically has a much longer lifespan. I hope this baby seat is something that can easily be swapped in and out of place.
Bob Flint
Where is the B pillar in this Volvo design? Any side impact and everyone is hurt or worse.