While it brings a lot of joy with it, parenthood also comes with one disagreeable feature; sleepless nights. In fact, according to research studies, new parents apparently lose the equivalent of 44 days of cumulative sleep in the first year of their child’s life. Although physically rocking them or using soothers do help, it’s a widely acknowledged fact that a short drive at night is one of the most effective ways of lulling a baby to sleep. It’s this piece of data that Ford of Europe has used to develop an innovative baby cot that simulates the motion, engine noise, and even the street lighting of night‑time drives, without having to actually step out.

Dubbed the Max Motor Dreams, the cot has been created by Spanish design studio Espada y Santa Cruz on Ford’s behalf. “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. But 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,” says Max Motor Dreams designer Alejandro López Bravo. “The Max Motor Dreams could make the everyday lives of a lot of people a little bit better,” he adds.

While it looks like any other cot, there’s a lot of technology that’s gone into the making of the Max Motor Dreams, which can be controlled with a smartphone app. Using this app, parents can record the sounds of their car, its movement and even the pattern of street lamps seeping into the car’s cabin, and reproduce these in the cot.

For now, the Max Motor Dreams is a one-off experimental prototype. However, as it has already started receiving several enquiries, Ford is considering putting the unique crib into full‑scale production.

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