Consumers may be sending their older vehicles to the auto recycling yard when they see the new car seats that will debut on the market in about three years. Along with the smart cars that are on the market, smart seats will soon be available.
Sophisticated and comfortable, these new smart seats will assess the driver’s physique as soon as he sits down and immediately begin making adjustments in order to deliver the most comfortable ride possible.
Not only will this smart car seat automatically adjust for height, it will envelop the torso and thighs with bolsters and adjust the spinal support to the optimal position to deter fatigue. All of its positions have been certified by chiropractors to be the best for fighting fatigue and preserving posture.
Auto Seat Revitalization
Automotive seating has evolved very slowly over the years but is now experiencing a revitalization as the seats start to catch up with their vehicles. The auto seats of tomorrow may be equipped to monitor the occupant’s health in case of an accident and even send the data to medical personnel or first responders. Infant car seats are already available that will sense temperature and position, and then send an alert to a mobile phone if there is a problem.
Future car seats will have a wellness platform that uses medical-grade sensors to detect drowsiness or stress and make seating adjustments accordingly; the sensors are effective through clothing. A stressed out driver will receive a relaxing massage or a cool draft of air. A drowsy driver will receive an audible warning and the seat will automatically adjust. If the driver readjusts his position, the seat will automatically adjust with his movements.
Since drowsiness is a major factor in fatalities, this type of smart seat will improve safety and reduce accidents. This seat is slated to be on the market in 2018 and uses biometric sensors, such as those in a Fitbit, to provide the necessary infomation to the vehicle. The goal is to create a seat without switches, buttons, levers, or controls.
The advent of self-driving cars has reformed the concept of an automobile seat. Since the driver no longer needs to drive, some of the auto seats may face the rear in an automobile environment that will be more like an office than a car.
Along with other innovations to smart seats, developers are looking at swivel seats so that if the car is driving itself, the driver could attend to other tasks. In the event that the car needed the driver to take back the controls, there would be an alert, such as a haptic or audio signal, that would get the driver’s attention. The intensity of the alert would depend on the severity of the incident.
Developers, as a whole, believe that the smart seat is essential for the self-driving car to succeed. Although wearables have been discussed, the consensus is that biometric devices embedded in the seats is the preferable option, so that consumers couldn’t forget their wearables and negate the benefits of the smart seat.
Already available to consumers, the AirScarf by Mercedes-Benz incorporates air vents into the head restraints in their convertibles and Mercedes-Benz is developing noise blocking technology into their headrests. According to automotive executives, the industry has only begun to unlock the possibilities of the smart car seats of the future.
Completely autonomous seats are still in development but the self-adjusting seats will be in production in 2018.
Goal of New Seats
The goal is not to remove control from the driver but to relieve him of the mundane aspects of driving and provide the ultimate in comfortable seating. The driver will still be in control of both the car and the seat, but will no longer have to fumble with adjusting the seat, the ventilation, and so forth.
Pictures of this amazing seat are not available because it’s still in the design phase. However, the estimates are that it will hit the production line in three years as several auto makers are working on it.