Seats in the travel cars were not much changed during the years. Beside electric control, and side supports that hold the body during sudden turning of the vehicle, or the ability to heat and back massage, nothing revolutionary in the functioning of the seat has not happened for a long time.
However, newest information leaked from the Lear, global supplier of automotive seating and electrical systems. Even though this giant is holding information as the secret, at the first place pictures of the project of future seats, some performances are already known.
Smart seats absorb energy during the crash
Besides the adjusting to the shape of the driver and travelers body, moving back and forward for comfortable chiropractor-certified body positions, Lear is working on next performances. The intelligent seat of the future could monitor your health and, in the event of an accident, absorb energy during the crash and also send bio-metric data to emergency or medical personnel.
And this is not all. The seats of tomorrow can do much more. After the Mercedes-Benz AirScarf neck-level heating system makes open-top driving pleasurable even in low temperatures, second-generation technology could integrate noise blocking through the headrests. And who knows what else we can expect from the producers, after the CEO of Leaf Matt Simoncini said: “We’re just scratching the surface of what a seat can be”.
As far as we know, an intelligent seat developing in a new Innovation Center in Detroit, and pre-production is ongoing in cooperation with several automakers. It is expected that production will starts within next three years.
The center placed in a former cigar factory building from the 19th century will develop not only seats, but also e-systems for charging electric vehicles, and some non-automotive work for sports equipment producers like suppliers of materials for New Balance athletic shoes and sports apparel for Nike and Under Armour.
The e-systems division is working on better ways to charge electric vehicles. That includes semiconductors made of gallium nitride instead of silicon, resulting 99% smaller and reduce power loss by up to 90%. The size of the magnetic components can also be reduced by 70 percent.
Lear is also working on a 7-kW charger that will be in electrified vehicles in 2020 that is a third the size and weight of a 7 kW charger going into a plug-in hybrid next year. It has fewer components and is going to be significantly less expensive.