It is a nightmare that every parent with young children is familiar with, and even the fastest car ride turns into a time-consuming battle.
However, trouble to cram a stroller into the suitcase while the small one is placed in their car seat may be a thing of the past.
Car manufacturer Ford is developing a docking station & # 39; with which a pram can be loaded straight into a vehicle without having to fold it up.
The idea includes removable passenger seats, which reveal a number of lockable supports where the pram can be parked.
The nightmare to fold a pram to get him in the car is something that all parents have to deal with
A breakdown of how the car would work, so that a stroller can fit without lowering it
An automatic ramp would also allow the pram to be rolled into place.
The invention was disclosed in a patent application filed by Ford last month.
The driving giant said: & # 39; This simplifies the transport of the pram and saves time. In the case of a pram, the child transported may remain in the pram during a journey in the motor vehicle. & # 39;
The ability to load a pram directly into a car without having to move a child in a car seat also solves the nightmare of another parent – young people who wake up in the car after being dropped off during a walk, or vice versa. .
Ford says that the pram could be fitted instead of the front passenger seat so that the child is within the driver's reach, but it can also be fitted at the rear.
It says that the docking station is particularly suitable for smaller passenger cars, where even in folded strollers it is difficult to fit the boot.
The new technology means that strollers do not have to be folded to fit in the suitcase
Ford's patent also suggests that the company wants to manufacture strollers and prams that meet vehicle safety standards – as well as electric models that are charged in the vehicle.
It states that the stroller has wheels that click in place between the hooks and sensors on board automatically deactivate the airbags of the car.
Engineers at Ford's global technology division in Dearborn, Michigan, wrote in the patent: "The motor vehicle is configured to identify that … instead of a chair, a stroller is docked.
"In this case the control unit of the motor vehicle can be adapted to encourage a driver to adopt a smoother driving mode.
& # 39; The sound level of a radio can also be adjusted. & # 39;
Ford also seems to suggest that other models of prams would be able to use the dock with connectors that attach themselves to the axles or chassis of the pram.
A spokesman said the company did not routinely comment on filed patents and added: "We subject patents to innovative ideas as a normal course of events. Patent applications are intended to protect new ideas, but are not necessarily an indication of new business or product plans. & # 39;