Ever since Henry Ford rolled the first Model T off the assembly line in 1913, parents of newborns have not only relied on cars to get their families around, they’ve probably also used the family car to help get their cranky little urchins to sleep in the middle of the night. Now, moms and dads can put away the car keys and get some much-needed shut-eye thanks to the Ford Motor Company. Engineers have designed a crib that simulates the motion, lights and sounds of a night-time car journey.
The Max Motor Dreams looks like a typical baby crib but unlike standard cribs, this one simulates the hum of a car motor, the swaying of a moving vehicle and the flash of streetlights blazing across a windshield. According to Ford, Max Motor Dreams is “a crib that conveys the same feeling of traveling by car, helping your baby sleep as easy and as fast as when traveling in a Ford.”
“After many years of talking to mums and dads, we know that parents of newborns are often desperate for just one good night’s sleep,” Max Motor Dreams designer Alejandro López Bravo said in a statement on Ford’s website. Bravo works with Spanish creative studio Espada y Santa Cruz, the company that designed the crib. “While a quick drive in the family car can work wonders in getting baby off to sleep, the poor old parents still have to be awake and alert at the wheel.”