SEATS DO THE WALKING FOR YOU

Jaguar_Morphable_seatWe seem to spend an ever increasing time in our cars these days. Heavy traffic is one cause, laziness is another – do you really need to use your car to drive one kilometre to the local takeaway?

Sedentary lifestyles, which can shorten muscles in the legs, hips and gluteals causing back pain. The weakened muscles also mean you are more likely to injure yourself from falls or strains.

You will be pleased to know the ‘morphable’ seat is being trialled by Jaguar Land Rover’s Body Interiors Research division. It uses a series of actuators in the seat foam to create constant micro-adjustments that make your brain think you’re walking. It could be individually tailored to each driver and passenger.

By simulating the rhythm of walking, a movement known as pelvic oscillation, the technology can help mitigate against the health risks of sitting down for too long on extended journeys with UK drivers covering an average of 146 miles (234km) every week.

Dr Steve Iley, Jaguar Land Rover Chief Medical Officer, said: “The wellbeing of our customers and employees is at the heart of all our technological research projects. We are using our engineering expertise to develop the seat of the future using innovative technologies not seen before in the automotive industry to help tackle an issue that affects people across the globe.”

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