Jaguar Land Rover Developing a ‘Moving’ Seat
The seats will feature micromovements on the left and right side in order to make the driver’s brain believe the driver is walking. Jaguar Land Rover is developing a new seat meant to improve driver well-being by addressing the health concerns that come with sitting down for too long.
Jaguar Land Rover’s Body Interiors Research division is trialing a “morphable” seat that uses a series of actuators in the seat foam to create constant micro-adjustments that make your brain think you’re walking.
The company noted that by simulating the rhythm of walking, the technology can help mitigate against the health risks that come with sitting down for too long. The seats, the company added, could also be tailored to the driver and passengers.
Sitting in a vehicle for extended periods of time is something that fleet drivers are all too familiar with.
Health risks from being sedentary for too long include shortened muscles in the legs, hips, and gluteals, which can cause back pain. Weakened muscles also increase the likelihood of injury from falls or strains, Jaguar Land Rover noted.
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