Seating of the future: smart, safe, social

This report examines the way four key industry trends - safety, autonomous vehicle technology, individualisation and lightweighting - are influencing seat design. Exclusive insight in this report comes from leading car seat suppliers and other relevant industry stakeholders, including Alcantara, Brose, Johnson Controls, Lear, Magna and TRW

Seating of the future: smart, safe, social

The time people spend in their cars, either as drivers or as passengers, and what they do with that time, is changing with the development of semi- and fully-autonomous drive technology. Cars are currently built around the age-old seating layout in which occupants sit in forward-facing seats, strapped in with safety belts. Since the mid-20th Century, when science fiction brought to the fore the concept of self-driving vehicles, artists’ impressions have envisaged occupants using cars in a variety of ways, including famous images showing families sitting around tables playing board games. The development of the autonomous car challenges modern interior design – and a key part of this is the car seat.

This report examines the way four key industry trends – safety, autonomous vehicle technology, individualisation and lightweighting – are influencing seat design. Exclusive insight in this report comes from leading car seat suppliers and other relevant industry stakeholders, including Alcantara, Brose, Johnson Controls, Lear, Magna and TRW.

Table of contents:

  • Executive summary
  • Introduction: Why should seats change?
  • Industry trends shaping seats of the future
    • Industry trend: Safety
    • Industry trend: Impacts of autonomous car technology
    • Industry trend: Individualisation
    • Industry trend: Lightweighting
  • Closing remarks

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