As a parent to four, I can attest that lugging around a heavy child's car seat is the worst thing on planet earth. It makes traveling on airplanes a nightmare. So much so, in fact, that we parents of many drive minivans across country, dealing with kids that need to pee every five minutes then throw up french fries all over the back seats. But this is exponentially preferable to navigating security at JFK.
Fortunately for parents everywhere, Volvo has a solution: The inflatable child's car seat that folds into a bag.
As brilliant as this sounds, there is, however, a problem. It's just a concept, and as of right now, Volvo has no intention of actually making it. Still, it's the thought that counts, right?
Weighing just 11 lbs., it's over half the weight of a traditional car seat. It inflates and deflates at the push of a button, or remotely via a Bluetooth connection. The whole process takes just 40 seconds.
And, according to Volvo, it's actually safe, thanks to being created from "drop-stitch fabric" – a material capable of withstanding very high internal pressure, originally developed by the military for inflatable airplanes (something that didn't catch on, I assume.) It's also a rearward facing seat, making it safer for young children's necks in the event of an accident.
Now all we need is Volvo to develop a decent rearward facing DVD player. Parenthood just got a little bit easier – conceptually, of course.