If you believe car seats couldn’t get any better, this revolutionary concept from Lexus might have you thinking twice.
Set to be unveiled during this year’s Paris Auto Show, the so-called Kinetic Seat concept features a revolutionary fiber net construction, rotational movements for the seat cushion and back rest, plus a flexible spider web-pattern for optimal support.
Why a movable seat cushion and back rest you may ask? Well, it’s all about the spine. How the spine works is that it allows the pelvis and chest to rotate in opposite directions, stabilizing the head even when a person is engaged in physical exercise such as walking, running or jumping.
Lexus wanted to recreate this movement in a car seat, and so they designed the seat cushion and back rest to move kinetically with the occupant’s weight and external forces. In short, it helps stabilize head movement caused by vehicle motion, helping you keep your field of vision steady.
The previously mentioned spider web-pattern spreads out radially from the center of the back rest and is sufficiently flexible to fit one’s body shape while dispersing the load and allowing for more comfort over prolonged periods. Look closer and you’ll see that the center of the back rest is located at around shoulder blade height, which in turn “induces rotational movement of the chest around the seat’s pivotal axis.” This helps stabilize the head and of course, increases overall support.
The spider web-pattern threads themselves are made from environmentally-friendly synthetic spider silk materials and not petroleum-derived materials. In fact, the main component for this material is protein, created through microbial fermentation – a process which ultimately leads to superior shock absorbance properties.
Oh and naturally, the seat is sufficiently slim so as to help make the car lighter in weight as well.