The well-known German automotive supplier, HELLA, recently reported about development of next generation electrical vehicles that will be a step ahead of all the ones we have now. The specifically spoke of a technology that will define your seating arrangement on them. The company is said to be working on a new seat design that will incorporate some advanced features like integrated seat lighting, lockable turntable seating, as well as automatic folding of rear seats in SUVs.
The demand for premium-car features has been growing in the mid-range and compact car buyers. People paying for budget cars want best value of their money and enjoy as many perks of new technologies as they can. HELLA’s project on these semi-automated seat architecture plans to give a helping hand to original equipment manufacturers in meeting these rising demands. There is a wide scope of addition in these seats which includes new features like heating as well as cooling systems, seat rotation, automated adjustment for seat backrests, and in-built lights. The team is also expanding the profile of interior lighting by developing seat-integrated ambient and reading lighting systems.
The story doesn’t end there; the incoming of wearable sensors has opened a path for keeping track of users’ health. HELLA envisions instilling this feature in its seats that will have sensors to monitor the travelers’ skin temperature, brain activity, pulse rate, weight, as well as position. Features like these will play a key role in keeping a check on inmates health especially children and senior members of family. HELLA expects that luxury seating featured in compact and mid-sized vehicles will expand at a rate of 10 percent annually. Gary Hawkins from the company adds, “New-car buyers can expect to see a significant growth in the availability of ‘premium’ seating features in mid- and compact-size vehicles in the coming years. Semi-automated seating architecture will allow auto makers to reduce complexity and the cost of easy-entry seating, backrest adjustments, interior lighting and a host of other ‘luxury’ and safety-related seating features,” explained Hawkins. “We fully expect a variety of driver-assistance, ambient-lighting and health functions will be integrated into car seats in the future.”
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