It’s a nightmare every parent with young children will be familiar with, turning even the quickest car journey into a time-consuming battle.
But struggling to cram a pushchair into the boot while transferring the little one into their car seat may be a thing of the past.
Car maker Ford is developing a ‘docking station’ which will allow a pushchair to be loaded straight into a vehicle without needing to collapse it.
The idea involves removable passenger seats, which reveal a series of lockable brackets where the baby buggy can be parked.
An automatic ramp would also allow the pram to be rolled into place.
The invention was revealed in a patent application submitted by Ford last month.
The motoring giant said: ‘This simplifies the transport of the stroller and saves time. In the case of a baby carriage, the transported child is able to remain in the baby carriage during a journey in the motor vehicle.’
The ability to load a pushchair straight into a car without having to transfer a child into a car seat will also solve another parents’ nightmare – youngsters waking up in the car after they have dropped off during a walk, or vice versa.
Ford says the pushchair could be mounted instead of the front passenger seat so ‘the child is located within reach of the driver’, but it could also be mounted in the rear.