Jaguar Land Rover’s Body Interiors research division is trialling shape-shifting seats that trick your brain into thinking you’re walking.
JLR call it a ‘morphable’ seat where actuators in the foam mimic the rhythm of walking. Each seat can be suited for different drivers, much like memory seats currently found in modern cars.
The reason JLR is doing this is that 1.4 billion people, or more than a quarter of the world’s population, are spending more time in seats than on the pavement, and this can shorten the muscles in your legs, hips, and gluteals leading to back pain.
“The wellbeing of our customers and employees is at the heart of all our technological research projects”, says JLR Chief Medical Officer Dr Steve Iley.
"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.”
This latest project adds to JLR’s already growing research into health benefits. Previous projects include helping to reduce the effects of motion sickness by changing the car’s dynamics and cabin settings, and using ultraviolet light technology to help prevent the spread of colds and flu.
It’s part of JLR’s 'Destination Zero', which has a goal of making people safer and healthier while looking after the environment.