Cars have had massaging seats for a while now, but researchers at Jaguar Land Rover have come up with a new prototype seat technology that "makes you think you're walking."
JLR calls it the 'morphable' seat, currently being experimented in the company's Body Interiors and Research division. It uses a series of micro-adjustable actuators placed in the seat foam to activate the pelvic area, making occupants feel like they're walking, even though they might actually be stuck in a traffic jam or munching miles on the motorway.
A future model of this 2021 F-Type might one day be offered with Jaguar's 'Morphable' seat
These pelvic oscillations, says Jaguar, can also be tailored to suit individual passenger and driver needs. "The wellbeing of our customers and employees is at the heart of all our technological research projects," said JLR's chief medical officer, Dr. Steve Iley, adding that the company is using its engineering expertise to develop innovative technologies, like the morphable seat, for tackling an issue that affects people "across the globe."
It remains to be seen if a shape-shifting car seat could interfere with the brake, clutch or accelerator pedal since the leg movement seems to be more pronounced. However, future advancements in autonomous driving technology may get rid of the argument altogether by negating the need for any pedals in the footwell.
Given that the morphable seat is still in its research phase, those concerned with improving their posture behind the wheel right now can take a look at the company's video guide above to help them find the "perfect driving position."