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Sunday, October 4, 2015

This sophisticated seat can check the driver's stress level

The development of vehicle technology is increasingly rapidly. Not just about the car's engine but research and development continues to develop other components, such as car seats.
The 'Active Wellness' seat (pictured) has built-in biometric sensors to detect if a driver is lacking energy or is under stress – and responds by offering a suitable massage and blowing air through its ventilation system. (Picture from: http://dailym.ai/1P4V47g)
Faurecia, a French automotive components company, creating a smart seat coded 'Active Wellness'. Remarkably, this seat can check the condition and the driver's level of stress or the person sitting on it.
The sensors in the seat (illustrated left) detect a driver's heart rhythms and breathing patterns and the data is used to trigger fans (right) to blow our air and motors to give the driver a massage. (Picture from: http://dailym.ai/1P4V47g)
"Active Wellness presented to provide maximum comfort. The basic thing we do is to monitor breathing and heart rate to determine the condition of people who are sitting," explained Olaf Biedermann, Director of Innovation Faurecia, as quoted by Reuters.
A diagram showing the functions of the seat including 'fatigue and stress correction' is shown above. The sensors in the seat are built by American company Hoana Medical and used exclusively by Faurecia. (Picture from: http://dailym.ai/1P4V47g)
Once the smart seat knowing the condition of the person sitting, then the treatment will be given a smart seat is going to be adjusted. If the person is stressed it will be given a relaxing massage, but if the person is tired then it will be given a strong massage.
It takes about five years to develop the seat. Reportedly Active Wellness will be marketed in 2020, but unfortunately the price for a seat is still a secret. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | FAURECIA | DAILYMAIL | REUTERS]
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