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Hardware trends 2020: digital features for even more safety

27 Jan 2020

nuna's ivvi savi is a multifunctional pram

nuna's ivvi savi can also be used as a combination pram over a longer period of time - © Nathalie Schieren Fotografie

The future is digital – this also applies to the hardware industry. Especially car seats and prams are suited for digital features of all kinds. Find out in our blog what parents on the go will be taking to the streets with this year.

Prams are getting better all the time, children's car seats safer – according to Stiftung Warentest. However, the hardware industry is in no sense resting on its great results, but instead continues tirelessly researching and developing in order to offer parents and their children the best products. This is because the mobile millennials of today demand the best: prams and seats should be of high quality, safe, comfortable, multifunctional and sustainable, but should at the same time also look good.

e-strollers are ready to start

At the pole position: smart tools of all kinds. Thus, for example, the so-called "seat occupancy with alarm function" has been mandatory in Italy since the end of 2019: these pads or seating cushions are placed in the children's seat, register when mom or dad get too far away from the car and then inform them with an app. Because this system will probably spread throughout Europe in the near future, Maxi-Cosi will very soon be bringing its e-safety seat cushions onto the market.The children's car seat is generally the favourite for digital features: manufacturers are thus working full speed ahead on a built-in installation control to further reduce the rate of misuse; but infotainment or communications possibilities inside the vehicle are also at the very top of the list. Another project of central importance: pre-crash systems that anticipate an accident and can automatically react to hazards by tightening the belts, bringing the shell into position and extending side impact elements. This ensures more relaxed car journies!

e-safety seat cushion by Maxi-Cosi

Maxi-Cosi will very soon be bringing its e-safety seat cushions onto the market - © Maxi-Cosi

Smart technology is of course not restricted to children's car seats: following the example of e-bikes and e-scooters, e-strollers are now ready to start and supplement the e-mobility ranks in the urban landscape. Strenuous pushing up and down hills could thus soon already become a thing of the past! Cybex thus offers its e-pram , which combines revolutionary smart technology with great design. In this segment, Emmaljunga also offers smart models with e-drive suitable for hills and valleys.

Mobile without limits: prams and seats for an active lifestyle

In addition to the big trend of digitalisation, modular and multifunctional products that optimally support a mobile and flexible lifestyle are also trendy. The ivvi savi from nuna can also be used as a combination pram over a longer period of time. Collapsible? Change to the buggy mode? Also no problem thanks to the four modes.
Also very much in demand are quick-folders, such as the icon from mutsy, which can be folded up and carried easily and compactly – ideal especially for those who live in the city and often travel by bus or train. Several prams can in the meantime also be collapsed and unfolded again with the push of a button.

Modularity at the highest level is also offered by the Maxi-Cosi Coral , which is more than a baby car seat: with a removable soft carrier, parents can easily carry their little ones with them without waking them, and that in various ergonomic positions. Maxi-Cosi could also be pleased with itself at the Innovation Award for the Coral in the "World of Travelling Kids" category.

One global mega-trend is sustainability, and the topic increases greatly in importance when one's own child is involved. Which is why the hardware industry is intensifying its interest in this topic. Peg Pérego is thus turning to polyester fibres made of used plastic bottles for the covering of its new Ypsi New Life pram.

We are already looking forward to the trends we will see at the upcoming Kind + Jugend!