Troy, Michigan – Magna, a seating and auto interiors company, has outlined a range of three-seat configurations for driverless cars.
The goal is to create a flexible space. In this mode, drivers and riders can move cargo, work or hold conversations, the company claimed.
Magna used market research in the US, China and Europe to find customers’ views on automotive seating. It also observed people using car seats in the field before developing three new seating types. These are Car Sharing, Long Road Trip and Autonomous Ride.
In the Car Sharing mode, customers can pre-configure the cargo mode using an app. The seats sit on long, powered rails, and it is possible to move seats under the instrument panel for maximum internal space.
The Long Road Trip strand envisions everyone in the car facing each other. Each seat would have four-way headrest support. At the same time, the powered seats would swivel and offer massages. The cabin would have personal sound zones.
Meanwhile, the Autonomous Ride sharing mode has conference seating with reversible swivel, an indicator to show which seat is available, and three-wide seating. The seats would have easy-clean covers.
Mike Bisson, president of Magna Seating, said: ‘The vehicle occupant experience will be very different with the introduction of mobility and autonomy. The functional basics will remain the same: passengers want convenience, flexibility and comfort.
‘This approach has essentially helped us create seats that adjust to the consumer, instead of having the consumer adjust to seats.’