Jaguar Land Rover is developing a shape-shifting, ‘morphable’ seat system designed to tackle the health risks of sitting down for too long.

The seat, being trialled by Jaguar Land Rover’s Body Interiors Research division, uses a series of actuators in the seat foam to create constant micro-adjustments that make the vehicle occupants’ brain think they’re walking.

By simulating the rhythm of walking, JLR says the technology can help mitigate against the health risks of sitting down for too long on extended journeys.

“The wellbeing of our customers and employees is at the heart of all our technological research projects,” said Dr Steve Iley, Jaguar Land Rover Chief Medical Officer. “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.”

The company says that the research is part of its ongoing efforts to improve 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.

Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles already feature the latest in ergonomic seat design, with multi-directional adjustments, massage functions and climate control fitted across the range.

Source: Motor Trader E-Magazine (Feb 2020)

7 Feb 2020

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