Adi­ent presents `Seat­ing to­mor­row’ demon­stra­tor

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Adi­ent, the global leader in au­to­mo­tive seat­ing, and its premium brand Re­caro, fo­cused on the chang­ing re­quire­ments for seats in fu­ture mo­bil­ity con­cepts. Many au­ton­o­mous driv­ing fea­tures are be­ing in­cor­po­rated into con­cepts of to­mor­row’s com­mer­cial ve­hi­cles. The use of au­to­mated, dig­i­tally net­worked and lon­grange driver as­sis­tance sys­tems will in­crease safety and com­fort, while chang­ing the role of pro­fes­sional driv­ers at the same time.

“By con­sid­er­ing au­ton­o­mous driv­ing and al­ter­na­tive freight trans­port sys­tems such as pla­toon­ing, we are pick­ing up on the most im­por­tant fac­tors of the com­mer­cial ve­hi­cle in­dus­try of the fu­ture,” David Her­berg, Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor, Com­mer­cial Ve­hi­cle Seat­ing at Adi­ent, said. “We are also pro­vid­ing so­lu­tions to one of the most crit­i­cal chal­lenges in the trans­port in­dus­try: driver short­ages. More­over, by fo­cus­ing on pro­duc­ing com­fort­able, out­stand­ingly er­gonomic, health­sus­tain­ing seats, we are po­si­tion­ing CV driver seats as premium-qual­ity work­places that meet all new in­cab us­abil­ity re­quire­ments.”

Re­caro’s “Seat­ing to­mor­row” demon­stra­tor in­cludes a driver and a pas­sen­ger seat as part of a sim­u­lated CV cabin’s cock­pit. With its premium de­sign and new com­fort fea­tures, such as lon­gi­tu­di­nally adjustable arm­rests and a se­lec­tion of mas­sage pro­grammes, the driver seat re­sponds to the mar­ket’s grow­ing de­mand for an up­graded work­ing en­vi­ron­ment for pro­fes­sional driv­ers that can truly be de­scribed as a “pleas­ant, ex­clu­sive seat­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.”

Be­yond the Drive mode, the driver can select 2 ad­di­tional pre­set po­si­tions. In Re­lax mode, the driver seat is turned 45 de­grees to­ward the pas­sen­ger’s side of the cabin, cre­at­ing a com­fort­able work area to use a lap­top or com­mu­ni­cate with oth­ers for in­stance. The back­rest of the pas­sen­ger seat can be folded down and con­verted into a flat work­ing sur­face. In Rest mode, the driver seat is turned a fur­ther 45 de­grees to­ward the pas­sen­ger seat. In this po­si­tion, the back­rest can be tilted fur­ther down. By also turn­ing the pas­sen­ger seat to pro­vide a leg rest, the 2 seats can be com­bined to form a com­fort­able couch that can be adapted fur­ther with an ad­di­tional re­mov­able leatheruphol­stered pil­low. The Re­lax and Rest modes are only avail­able when the truck’s en­gine is switched off. The im­por­tance of sit­ting in a safe pos­ture that pro­tects driv­ers’ and pas­sen­gers’ health plays a key role in Re­caro prod­ucts. The “Seat­ing to­mor­row” demon­stra­tor fea­tures a range of in­no­va­tive, dig­i­tally con­trolled driver mas­sage and mo­bil­i­sa­tion pro­grams that im­prove er­gonomic seat­ing com­fort, driver ac­ti­va­tion, and the mon­i­tor­ing of body func­tions. Th­ese pro­grams can be ac­ti­vated when the seat is in Drive mode, par­tic­u­larly dur­ing long-haul au­to­mated col­umn op­er­a­tions (pla­toon­ing), and in Re­lax and Rest modes dur­ing ve­hi­cle down­times.

In Drive mode, for ex­am­ple, so-called “blad­ders” in the seat cush­ion and back­rest in­flate and de­flate to sim­u­late the mi­cro­move­ments of walk­ing to re­lax the back mus­cles, while re­liev­ing the in­ter­ver­te­bral discs and sup­ply­ing them with nu­tri­ents more ef­fec­tively. In Re­lax mode, the driver can choose be­tween wave­like and ser­pen­tine stim­u­la­tion pat­terns. Sev­eral pro­grams are avail­able in Rest mode, in­clud­ing an al­ter­nat­ing cy­cle mas­sage or a gen­tle, wave-like back mas­sage.

It is also ca­pa­ble of record­ing the driver’s vi­tal signs with sen­sors mea­sur­ing heart­beat and mo­tion rate while seated. In cus­tomer­spe­cific ap­pli­ca­tions, th­ese data could be cou­pled with mo­bil­i­sa­tion and mas­sage pro­grams, for ex­am­ple, to coun­ter­act fa­tigue. The demon­stra­tor can be op­er­ated with a tablet com­puter, which sim­u­lates the seat’s pos­si­ble in­te­gra­tion into the digi­tised cabin en­vi­ron­ments of fu­ture pro­duc­tion ve­hi­cles, e.g. cock­pit touch­screens. Re­caro also has de­vel­oped an in­tu­itive, one-handed con­trol el­e­ment com­ple­ment­ing the fu­ture se­ries-pro­duc­tion so­lu­tions of CV man­u­fac­tur­ers. Sim­i­lar to mul­ti­func­tional el­e­ments in some of to­day’s pas­sen­ger cars, it can be ro­tated, pushed and pulled to ad­just ev­ery seat set­ting – a con­sid­er­able added con­ve­nience for driv­ers and a ma­jor ben­e­fit for CV man­u­fac­tur­ers in terms of space eco­nomics.

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