Developments in automotive interiors will place increasing demands on polyurethane foam as the world moves towards autonomous cars, smart seats and different automotive ownership models. Simon Robinson spoke to two key thinkers at Adient.
We are moving towards a world of smart seating and enhanced comfort in cars that will increasingly monitor their occupants to keep them safe, and take over business of driving.
In some visions of the future, publicly pooled cars will appear on demand at the click of a smartphone app, take their occupants to their destination while entertaining them on the way. Cars will become semi-public or shared spaces if car clubs and hire-on-demand ownership models become popular.
This is an extreme view, but undoubtedly there will be changes in the way we see cars which mean that automotive interiors are going to be considerably different in the future.
Adient is one of the world’s largest car seat manufacturing and automotive interior design companies. It was spun off from Johnson Controls in October 2016. Brent Hodge, director of foam engineering, and Eric Michalak, chief engineer, work together to design innovative seats and interiors for OEMs.
Smart seats will be a key component in tomorrow’s cars, Michalak and Hodge said. They will be fitted with biometric sensors to monitor the condition of the driver, and…