Date:7 October 2013
With its Urban Rhythm concept, French automotive supplier Faurecia wants to bring the passive ergonomics of desk chairs to the seats in our vehicles. – Steve Rousseau
1. Compliant seatback
Traditional car seating gets its shape from moulded foam. Here, the plastic seatback conforms to the occupant’s spine and adjusts the lumbar support based on body size.
2 Inclined seat rails
The Urban Rhythm sits on angled seat rails so that, when the seat is moved forward, it also slides upward to keep the driving position the same for short and tall drivers.
3. Antislouch seat pan
When our bottoms slide forward, we adopt a slouching posture that causes discomfort. The flexible seat pan acts like a hammock, keeping your butt rearward and your back against the lumbar support.
4. Dynamic headrest
The headrest exists to reduce whiplash in a collision. Faurecia’s headrest adjusts as the occupant changes position, providing safety and some welcome space between the driver’s head and the rest.