From the new infotainment systems, improved protection both active and passive and systems such as eCall to name a few, all of which are there to ensure our safety and of course that of our children. One example of what is to come is the Isafer Project, which is worth a look at.
There is also talk of a Smart car, one that can make decisions about much of our daily driving, possibly by itself and with active and passive safety systems that we can only imagine at the moment. These cars will be equipped with a series of anchors for child restraining systems such as ISOFIX and will have approved i-Size seats as standard.
The improvements in Child Road Safety are concentrated on the interaction between the car’s airbags and the child seats. The lateral airbags are those that definitely require attention from the manufacturers, their deployment is still of concern to car designers and more so to those that carry out crash testing.
According to RoSPA, The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, the key to improving the interaction between lateral airbags and child seats is more laboratory testing and by adjusting the tests to reflect real accidents. Another area of interest in which safety could be improved is the integration of boosters into the rear seats of the car, particularly in family cars.
This type of integrated booster seats are not an improvement for the future, they have been included in Volvo cars for the last 25 years. What would be a clear improvement is if this type of seat, used by Volvo were to be included in all models of vehicles.
And the Smart car? Although at the moment it is far from being a commercial reality, the Smart car is being tested on the open road (such as the Google Bubble Car) and people are saying that within 5 years we will be able to dispense with the human driver, which sounds like science fiction. However the challenge of the Smart car is not only for us to be able to get around, but to also guarantee the safety of the passengers, an area surrounded by a lot of controversy and speculation.
The truth is that the car of the future will be much safer and will include more safety features, better anchors and better child restraining systems.