Jaguar Land Rover has revealed the company is currently developing the seat of the future which will employ shape-shifting technology in an effort to combat the health risk of sitting down for too long.
The ‘morphable’ seat is currently being developed by Jaguar Land Rover’s Body Interiors Research division. It uses a series of actuators embedded in the seat foam to create a series of micro-adjustments that stimulate the brain into thinking it is walking.
Jaguar Land Rover suggests that by stimulating the rhythm of walking known as pelvic oscillation, the effects of health risks caused by sitting for long periods might be mitigated to a degree. It is planned that the seat could be tailored to the individual needs of the driver and passenger.
The research is part of Jaguar Land Rover’s goal to continually improving customer wellbeing through technological innovation. Previous projects have included research to reduce the effects of motion sickness and the implementation of ultraviolet light technology to stop the spread of colds and flu.
Dr Steve Iley, Jaguar Land Rover Chief Medical Officer, said: “The wellbeing of our customers and employees is at the heart of all our technological research projects.”
“We are using our engineering expertise to develop the seat of the future using innovative technologies not seen before in the automotive industry to help tackle an issue that affects people across the globe.”
There is no indication of if or when these shape-shifting seats might make their way into production vehicles. Stay tuned!
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