IÂ´m new in this forum so let me first introduce myself. My name is Peter and IÂ´m from Vienna (Austria). Currently IÂ´m working on university project which goal is to find innovative ways how to adjust the car seat or make the now available ways more intuitive and easier to use.
At the moment you can adjust your seat with either manual or electronic seat control. I was thinking about if it could be designed in more easy to use and intuitive way as it is now?
Moreover, I was thinking if its possible to go away from current solutions, how to adjust car seats. Have you seen or heard about another interesting ways how to adjust the car seats?
Thanks a lot for any comment or idea!
all the best from Vienna
PS: IÂ´m sorry, you have seen this message in different forums, but IÂ´m looking for ideas in different places so I can satisfy demands of my professor. Thanks for understanding!
try air, you could pump up the bottom to raise or lower, the side bolsters could wrap around you more or less, it could be softer or firmer? as for forward/backwards small air cyl that pushes the seat foreward then contracts to move it back…heck turn it around and it may even act as a impact absorber (think air shock)
Just an idea…
before formulating your thesis you might want to perform a broad research first. You will probably find out that most “premium” car brands do already offer seats with air bolsters. The BMW M5 has even active ones.
I am not sure if this covers the direction of your question, because the controls for the functions are a different matter alltogether. In the 5-series you can control the seat heating via I-drive.
Commercial trucks (Semi trucks in the US, Lorries in the UK) use air suspension in seats. They tend to be pretty “floaty” and soft, though. Perhaps you could look into a similar system with more control for automobile use.
Some of the designs were extraorinarily complex, such as Mercedes Benz, but beautiful with planetating star gears.
The seat mech on my wife’s CLK is an engineering nightmare. Push the seat-base control forward, it goes backward. Tilt the seat base up, and it goes up … and stays there, until you kill the engine; then it returns to neutral when restarted. Tilt the back rest back it goes forward. unless it won’t. The headrest acts like a periscope; up scope, when you turn on the ignition; down scope, when you turn it off - with no intermediate position between.
The dealer gave up on it.
K.I.S.S. It isn’t.
Actually, I think it was a plot, on her part, to keep me from driving it…