“My first fascination is not seeing the seat, but feeling the seat.” Automotive IQ spoke to Prof. Dr. Peter Vink about the major effects influencing seat design and how to measure and improve comfort. Prof. Vink is professor at the faculty of Industrial Design Engineering at TU Delft. He is working on interior design (including seats) and the effects on comfort experience, performance and health.
Automotive-IQ spoke with Dr. Cole, Chairman Emeritus of the Center for Automotive Research (CAR), ahead of this year’s 11th Annual Automotive Seating Summit on July 26-28 in Detroit, MI. He discuses:
- The main challenges in the next 3-5 years regarding safety, systems and comfort
- How to tackle the shortage of technically sophisticated talent for future vehicle system
- Current fuel economy standards that have an impact on cost and pricing
- And, views regarding the old model vs. new model in the automotive industry
Ahead of this presentation Automotive-IQ sat down with Dr. Reynolds, professor in the Biomechanics + Ergonomics Lab at Michigan State University, to delve into some of these viewpoints which include:
- What has been done to improve seat shape design in the past few years.
- How this will help OEMs best accommodate driver seat positioning.
- The differences between pressure vs. load distribution in order to set a new standard for seat positioning.
- His unique approach to seat package variation, and what requirements/advancements that are being explored.