What's Driving the Future of Seating? Top 5 Ways Autonomous Technology and Mobility are Transforming Seating
Autonomous vehicles (AVs), ride hailing/sharing apps (i.e. Lyft and uber), shared vehicle ownership, electric vehicles, and other emerging transportation-related innovations are expected to not only transform the way we drive but how we live as well. But how will these changes affect searing?
Though automotive seating has traditionally been thought of as merely a safety apparatus by both manufacturers and consumers, as the role of the “driver” shifts from that of an ‘active driver’ to that of a ‘supervisor,’ seats are evolving into multi-talented interior components capable of providing safety, comfort and entertainment. Although we're still years away from autonomous cars becoming the norm, OEMs have already started reimagining car interiors now that drivers have been taken out of the equation. Furthermore, factors such as the evolving nature of mobility towards new ownership models, ride-sharing services, etc. as well as increased focus on global markets such as China where backseats are very much the priority, are also pushing manufacturers to rethink the traditional passenger experience. With that in mind, below are the top 5 ways industry leaders forecast autonomous and mobility could impact seating.
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