The ‘smart’ seatbelt that can glow in the dark
Automobile manufacturer Skoda has been granted a worldwide patent for a new ‘smart’ seatbelt, which can glow and change colours during use.
The seatbelt will feature three main colours; white when the seat is unoccupied, making it more visible; red when someone sits down, to act as a reminder; and green once the individual buckles up.
Users can also program the seatbelt buckle to flash, making it more noticeable at night.
Skoda has commented on the product saying the red glow will be particularly useful for parents who can “see immediately” if their child has not put their belt on property.
The seatbelt buckle is currently under development, with no confirmation of if or when production will begin.
The product is the latest of several innovations Skoda has pioneered, having filed 94 patent applications last year, more than any other company in the Czech Republic.
13 November 2020