Shape-shifting seats help Jaguar Land Rover customers walk and drive

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Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) is developing shape-shifting seats to tackle the health risks associated with sitting down for too long.

The morphable seats, which are being trialled by Jaguar Land Rover’s Body Interiors Research division, use a series of actuators in the foam to create constant micro-adjustments that make the brain think the customer is walking. The seats can be tailored to each driver and passenger.

According to JLR, by simulating the rhythm of walking, a movement known as pelvic oscillation, the technology can mitigate against the health risks of sitting down for too long.

Dr Steve Iley, chief medical officer of Jaguar Land Rover, 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.”

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