Jaguar Land Rover has unveiled a morphable car seat that makes the occupant feel like they’re walking to improve health and wellbeing on long stints behind the wheel.
Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has developed a morphable seat which it claims can simulate the rhythm of walking while you’re driving. The seat being trialled by JLR’s Body Interiors Research division uses a series of actuators in the seat foam to create constant micro-adjustments that make your brain think you’re walking and can be individually tailored to each driver and passenger.
Dr Steve Iley, Jaguar Land Rover Chief Medical Officer, said: “The wellbeing of our customers and employees is at the heart of all our technological research projects. 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.”
According to research from the World Health Organisation, “More than a quarter of people worldwide – 1.4 billion – are living increasingly sedentary lifestyles, which can shorten muscles in the legs, hips and gluteals causing back pain. The weakened muscles also mean you are more likely to injure yourself from falls or strains.
By simulating the rhythm of walking, a movement known as pelvic oscillation, the technology can help mitigate against the health risks of sitting down for too long on extended journeys, according to Jaguar Land Rover.