Volkswagen created the Fun Theory two years ago, but the idea has maintained a bit of momentum. The basic premise of the theory revolves around examining if people will do the right thing, if that thing is made a bit more fun. Nevena Stojanovic from Serbia came up with a new way to put the Fun Theory to use when she devised a way to make young passengers more likely to wear their seatbelts.

It's a simple idea, but a rather smart one. Stojanovic proposed that rear-seat entertainment systems fail to operate unless the car senses that the seatbelt has been inserted. If a kid wants to get his Yo Gabba Gabba fix, then he or she needs to buckle up. The entire concept is so basic that we're kind of surprised no automaker has put this into practice yet.

Click past the jump to learn more about the Nevena Stojanovic's idea, and how it relates to the VW Fun Theory.



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      Synthono
      • 3 Years Ago
      Or, you could just do what my parents did, and the car isn't moving until everyone's buckled in. This is also a superior method when dealing with a 90-year old grandmother who doesn't want to buckle in because "ach I'm old anyway they won't give me a ticket."
      hevace
      • 3 Years Ago
      I occasionally let my kid unbuckle his seat belt so he can get me another beer from the cooler, but after that he has to buckle up again, or I won't let him play with my gun.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      Andre Neves
      • 3 Years Ago
      Nice theory VW. Now if we can only get the same thing to happen for the parents behind the wheel, that'd be great. Perhaps enabling the car to start only AFTER the seatbelts are fastened for all detected passengers?
        kmanning83
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Andre Neves
        +1. After having worked in a trauma center for a few years in college, I can attest to the fact that a large majority of serious traumas resulting from accidents happen to people not wearing belts.
        Synthono
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Andre Neves
        While I can somewhat understand preventing motion - though honestly just moving around in a driveway is no more dangerous than unloading the groceries from the back of the car, it only becomes a priority in traffic or at speed - preventing a car from starting is simply not a good idea. Partially because in colder climates, a vehicle can sometimes need to get warmed up. Partially because sometimes people who constantly use a seatbelt will start the car before buckled in - in my case, the right hand turns the key while the left grabs the belt, the car is started before the belt is buckled.
        Jason
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Andre Neves
        Don't most vehicles now already have lights and chimes if it's moving and front seat passengers aren't buckled up?
          WillieD
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Jason
          Yes, but not everyone drives a newer car.
        jbm0866
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Andre Neves
        Anything that works to disable operation of the vehicle is subject to fail at some point...and it will never be at a good time. The threat of getting an expensive ticket (not to mention not surviving a high speed crash) is enough for most of the population without adding extra nanny features..
        Chris A
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Andre Neves
        "Oh hang on honey, let me move my car so you can back out." There are some situations where the seatbelt isn't always called for.
          Andre Neves
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Chris A
          Chris A, Is it that difficult or that much of a inconvenient thing to do? What does it take... 1 second? 1 1/2 seconds tops? About the same time it takes to turn the radio on and select a preset radio station. I know a girl who was in a come for 8 months for not wearing her seatbelt. Came out a vegetable in the end. What's a second or a second and a half? And just moving a car can be dangerous. Imagine you're just moving the car out of a driveway to let another out and a truck comes barreling down the road and doesn't see you. Accidents happen in the most inconvenient times. Always expect the inevitable.
        Gmetal
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Andre Neves
        im sure there are reason not to do that. Infact, if your driving on Ice, you should not wear your seatbelt, the few seconds of getting otu of your car while your car plunges into the water can save your life.
      dukeisduke
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'd stay unbelted just to avoid Yo Gabba Gabba.
      Jason
      • 3 Years Ago
      Great idea, except my kids don't wear seat belts... because they're still in carseats... which aren't buckled in with the seatbelt... because they're secured by the LATCH tethers.
        Synthono
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Jason
        I assume it wouldn't be too hard to shove a cheap sensor on the LATCH tether.
      Johnny-wat
      • 3 Years Ago
      I don't get why we even need to do this. Seat belts save lives, and take 2 seconds to put on. Once you put em on, it's like they're not even there. So why do people find it difficult to buckle up?
      Yaser C. Hamud
      • 3 Years Ago
      To me, the seatbelt sensors could be attached to the car in a way that it only enabled the car ignition when all passengers on board had fastened their seatbelts. Or at least it could keep beeping until everyone in the car had their seatbelts on. Some people just don't understand that someone without the seatbelt could kill another passenger in case of an accident. You may not be conscious about the benefit of the seatbelt, but you can't be selfish to the point of hurting someone else because of your lack of consciousness.
      Kevin O'Neill
      • 3 Years Ago
      Mom and Dad should make that kid walk to baseball practice. Oh wait... He's going to Burger King. My bad.
        Rick
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Kevin O'Neill
        Guess you missed the part of them being in Serbia?
      bonehead
      • 3 Years Ago
      teaching kids to only do what is fun is not a good idea. This kid obviously has parents that only let him eat what is fun. Parents fault not his, but you can see how this philosophy does not map well to nutrition and exercise
      jbm0866
      • 3 Years Ago
      I don't associate buckling myself into a seatbelt with "fun" unless that same belt is attached to a 500+ HP car and I have use of a closed circuit track. Nevertheless, seatbelts front and back are the law these days (at least in my state) and kids should be buckled in regardless.
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