Cat running in front of car inspired me to invent CargoRoo restraint

Bournemouth Echo: SAFEGUARD: Mark Poole with his patented CargoRoo invention SAFEGUARD: Mark Poole with his patented CargoRoo invention

A CAT which ran into the path of a pizza deliverer’s car has inspired an invention for restraining objects on passenger seats.

Mark Poole has patented the CargoRoo – a system for holding in place items such as takeaway food, shopping and pet carriers.

He was delivering pizzas to support his studies as a media production student at Bournemouth University when he hit on the idea.

“I was driving down Luther Road in Charminster on a delivery when a cat ran out in front of the car,” said Mark.

“Because I was driving on a downward slope, all the pizzas slid off the front seat. There were three boxes of them.

“I thought ‘How can I stop that from happening?’”

He came up with the idea of a four-point shock-absorbing system which supports a cotton harness and is easily fitted to a car seat using only three plastic loops. The idea has taken several years to get to the point where it can be put into production.

Mark received valuable feedback from Salim Setra, non-foods buyer at Bestway Cash and Carry, who asked him to look at ways of making it cheaper, which helped simplify the design.

He was also given permission to carry out a survey in the car park of Halfords, which showed customers were interested in the idea.

Wesley Norton at Southern Aquatics in Poole also offered suggestions and the device has been used to safely carry live fish.

Mark now has a manufacturer, Vertigo International, lined up in China and is looking for investors to back the idea.

The 44-year-old, who worked on a building site for 14 years before studying for his first qualifications, says the skills he picked up over that time have stood him in good stead.

“It’s a mixture of practical skill and being able to explain what I’ve done that’s helped me push it through on a low budget,” he said.

Mark and the CargoRoo are on Facebook at facebook.com/CargoRooLtd

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6:17am Tue 29 Apr 14

Huey says...

Well done for showing some initiative! Best of luck with your design.
Well done for showing some initiative! Best of luck with your design. Huey
  • Score: 23

6:44am Tue 29 Apr 14

Morrigan says...

As someone who regularly needs to carry breakable items on the seat of the car, I would def be interested in using this!

I hope the Echo will let us know when it goes into production and well done for using your initiative!

Good luck in your business ventures.
As someone who regularly needs to carry breakable items on the seat of the car, I would def be interested in using this! I hope the Echo will let us know when it goes into production and well done for using your initiative! Good luck in your business ventures. Morrigan
  • Score: 20

7:36am Tue 29 Apr 14

Lord Spring says...

But what happened to the Pizzas .
But what happened to the Pizzas . Lord Spring
  • Score: 3

8:05am Tue 29 Apr 14

Controversial But True says...

Was it a black cat?
Was it a black cat? Controversial But True
  • Score: 1

8:28am Tue 29 Apr 14

Carolyn43 says...

I put my handbag on the front seat with the seatbelt fastened through the handle. I also buy 20kg bags of bird food and put the seatbelt around that on the front seat as well.
I put my handbag on the front seat with the seatbelt fastened through the handle. I also buy 20kg bags of bird food and put the seatbelt around that on the front seat as well. Carolyn43
  • Score: 1

8:33am Tue 29 Apr 14

Franks Tank says...

My car has a boot.
My car has a boot. Franks Tank
  • Score: 14

9:56am Tue 29 Apr 14

chris100 says...

I put my boxes of pizza on the floor or in the boot
I put my boxes of pizza on the floor or in the boot chris100
  • Score: 4

10:22am Tue 29 Apr 14

speedy231278 says...

Rather than buy some unnecessary and expensive device, here are a few free solutions:

Use the seat belt.
Put the items in the passenger footwell.
Put the items behind the passenger seat/s.
Put the items in the boot.
Rather than buy some unnecessary and expensive device, here are a few free solutions: Use the seat belt. Put the items in the passenger footwell. Put the items behind the passenger seat/s. Put the items in the boot. speedy231278
  • Score: 5

12:24pm Tue 29 Apr 14

GalaAce says...

https://www.youtube.
com/watch?v=mpc4T6ky
EwI
https://www.youtube. com/watch?v=mpc4T6ky EwI GalaAce
  • Score: 0

12:16pm Wed 30 Apr 14

SympatheticSam says...

Carolyn43 wrote:
I put my handbag on the front seat with the seatbelt fastened through the handle. I also buy 20kg bags of bird food and put the seatbelt around that on the front seat as well.
Wow. Thanks for telling us. My life is complete.
[quote][p][bold]Carolyn43[/bold] wrote: I put my handbag on the front seat with the seatbelt fastened through the handle. I also buy 20kg bags of bird food and put the seatbelt around that on the front seat as well.[/p][/quote]Wow. Thanks for telling us. My life is complete. SympatheticSam
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