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Jaguar Land Rover unveils shape-shifting car seat that makes your brain think that you are walking 

Jaguar Land Rover unveils shape-shifting ‘seat of the future’ that tackles the health risks of sitting down for too long by making your brain think that you are walking

  • UK drivers are estimated to cover an average of 146 miles (235 km) every week 
  • Spending long journeys sitting down can lead to muscle shortening and pain
  • Jaguar Land Rover claim their micro-adjusting seat can help ease these effects
  • Tiny actuators within the seat foam stimulate each leg one after the other

Jaguar Land Rover had unveiled a design for a shape-shafting ‘seat of the future’ that tricks your brain into thinking that you are walking as you drive.

The UK car manufacturer’s so-called ‘morphable’ seat concept is intended to tackle the health risks of sitting down for too long.

According to the Department for Transport, UK drivers are estimated to cover around 146 miles (235 kilometres) in their vehicles each week.

Tiny actuators within the seat’s internal foam stimulate one leg after the other in order to simulate the rhythm of walking — which is known as ‘pelvic oscillation’.

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Jaguar Land Rover had unveiled a design for a shape-shafting 'seat of the future' that tricks your brain into thinking that you are walking as you drive

Jaguar Land Rover had unveiled a design for a shape-shafting ‘seat of the future’ that tricks your brain into thinking that you are walking as you drive

According to the World Health Organisation, some 1.4 billion people worldwide are now living increasing sedentary lifestyles.

Such inactivity can lead to the shortening of muscles in the legs, gluteals and hips — and ultimately lead to back pain and an increased risk of injury from falls or strains. 

However, continuous micro-adjustments in the shape-shifting seat that simulate pelvic oscillation could help ease some of the effects of spending long journeys sat down, Jaguar Land Rover’s Body Interiors Research division claim.

The motion had no impact on comfort, they added — and the movements of  advance seats could be tailored to best fit each individual driver and passenger.

If realised for commercial production, the morphing technology would add to the ergonomic features of both Jaguar and Land Rover car seats — which include multi-directional adjustability and massage functions.

‘The wellbeing of our customers and employees is at the heart of all our technological research projects,’ said Jaguar Land Rover’s Chief Medical Officer 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.’

This, he added, ‘would to help tackle an issue that affects people across the globe.’

The UK car manufacturer's so-called 'morphable' seat concept is intended to tackle the health risks of sitting down for too long. Tiny actuators within the seat's internal foam stimulate one leg after the other in order to simulate the rhythm of walking, or 'pelvic oscillation'

The UK car manufacturer’s so-called ‘morphable’ seat concept is intended to tackle the health risks of sitting down for too long. Tiny actuators within the seat’s internal foam stimulate one leg after the other in order to simulate the rhythm of walking, or ‘pelvic oscillation’

The research into the morphable seat is part of series of Jaguar ventures endeavouring to improve the wellbeing of its customers and their passengers.

Previous projects have included research into reducing the effect of motion sickness, as well as the implementation of ultra-violet light technology in vehicle air conditioning systems to help eliminate pathogens and stop colds and flu spreading.

Dr Iley and colleagues have also issued advice on how to adopt the best driving position — which included removing bulky items from pocks and keeping your spine and pelvis straight.

HOW DO YOU ADOPT A GOOD DRIVING POSITION?

Jaguar Land Rover’s Chief Medical Officer Steve Iley have issued the following advice on how to adopt the best driving position:

1. Empty your pockets

 Bulky items, especially, can affect your sitting position.

2. Get the right angles

Push your posterior as close to the back of the seat as possible. 

3. Be aware of your back

Make sure all of your back is touching the seat. 

4. Adjust the seat

Make sure that your spine and pelvis are straight 

5. Keep your thighs at rest

You should not be able to feel any pressure points 

6. Get the right distance from the pedals

Ensure that your knee remains slightly bent even when pressing the pedals fully down.

7. Have bent elbows

Your elbow should be slightly bent when you are holding the steering wheel. 

8. Keep your shoulders in contact with the seat

They should stay this way even when you turn the steering wheel.

9. Make sure the headrest is at the correct height

It should sit at the same height as the top of your head.

Source: Jaguar Land Rover 

 

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