Volvo is developing a new adhesive that can protect its car’s seat cushions from falling from the ceiling, according to an industry publication.
The company says the product could potentially save hundreds of thousands of dollars in manufacturing costs, according a report by the Journal of Automotive Materials.
Volvo is in the process of testing the adhesive on the exterior of the Volvo XC60 SUV, which it says has “exceeded our expectations” and is capable of holding up to 15kg.
The adhesive has already been tested in a Volvo S60.
Volvo’s research team is working to develop a range of new products, including car seats, floor mats, and even “super-absorbent” foam.
The firm has also been working to build a new version of its self-driving car.
Volvo plans to reveal the latest news on the self-drive project in a press conference on Monday, the company’s chief executive Gustav Nystrom said in an interview with the Financial Times.
Volvo has long been experimenting with new types of self-balancing devices, such as the “super” design used in the Volvo S70, but it’s not clear how the firm will adapt to a wider range of vehicles.
Volvo said in the statement that it has been working on the “ultimate” solution for the Volvo C70 SUV for some time, and said the new design would “serve as a catalyst for further innovation”.
The car is currently being tested in Denmark and will be available in the US in the second half of 2019.