Jaguar develops a shape-shifting car seat that simulates walking

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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.

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."

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psycros

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But..this doesn't actually do anything to address the problem of a sedentary society. Feeling like you're walking isn't walking.
 

Squid Surprise

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But..this doesn't actually do anything to address the problem of a sedentary society. Feeling like you're walking isn't walking.
I'm hoping what they MEANT was that it actually works the same muscles as if you WERE walking... so that driving for 30 minutes would be the equivalent of walking 30 minutes...

The thing is, I want it to feel like I'm NOT walking - but still give me the benefits of the walk :)

I suspect I'm one of those 1.4 billion....
 

Uncle Al

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They need to get back to basics and produce a reliable & dependable car that won't cost an arm and leg to service and has a MUCH better maintenance record than they have for the past 40 years. The XKE was the last version that met this standard; since then they have steadily gone downhill .....
 
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BadThad

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Just another Jag part to break and malfunction. The reliability for all Jaguar models is HORRIBLE. Learn something from Japan!