July 27 - 29, 2020 | Detroit, MI

How Faurecia Uses Health and Wellness Tools to Increase Safety and Comfort

By: James Raia

The fictional time machine vehicle used in the 1985 movie Back to the Future starring Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd was based on the short-lived but real and futuristic DeLorean sports car.

More than three decades later, the future is now. Current cars look futuristic, automotive technology is quickly evolving and sometimes bizarre automotive design has become the norm.

What does it mean for the automobile interior, particularly seating? How will safety and innovation mesh with autonomous seating on the horizon?

The challenge will be to morph state-of-the-art seating safety and comfort as the automotive industry further advances into the autonomous driving realm.

Seating regulations of automotive seating in the future will be a major consideration in this workshop. How new technology will be matched by top safety standards across seating platforms will be another key topic. 

But how will the regulations evolve? In what ways are companies approaching this topic? Speaker Chad Durkee, Innovation Project Manager of Faurecia, the global automotive supplier headquartered in Nanterre, France, will discuss how he approached the issue within his company.

And then it will be time for team participation. How will the technology of the near and not-so-near future collect drivers' personal characteristics, body style and shape to mental awareness to improve comfort? How will the data help determine the seating environment?

Every team will present its strategy for seating of the future using scenario-based learning to develop benchmarks that could solve safety needs and requirements for near and future seating structure and interior ecosystems. But there will be a catch. 

Every team will have a chance to challenge the other teams' ideas. Are there gaps in the respective teams' ideas? It's certain to be a lively session, rich with innovation and critical thinking. 

Join Auto IQ at the 13th Seating Innovators Summit! Check out the agenda for a glimpse into the speaker line-up, sessions, networking opportunities and more!