The Lexus Kinetic Seat Concept lets the Japanese brand imagine a more comfortable way for people to sit in a vehicle.
A comfortable chair can transform a way a vehicle feels behind the wheel by making the driver feel at one with the machine. At the 2016 Paris Motor Show, Lexus is showing its spider-inspired idea for a new design called Kinetic Seat Concept.
Rather than a traditional upholstery-covered chair, the Kinetic Seat is more like high-end office furniture because of its flexible, webbed panels. They disperse a person’s weight better, which makes sitting for long periods more comfortable.
The design also allows the cushion and backrest to adjust as the driver’s weight shifts. According to Lexus, this allows the seat to stabilize a person’s head while a vehicle is moving and lets them maintain steady forward vision. The layout comes with the further advantage of relieving the pressure on the muscles around the spine, so occupants arrive at their destination more relaxed.
Lexus makes the webs from a synthetic form of spider’s silk. The substance comes microbial fermentation that creates a protein. Spinning it creates an environmentally friendly material that is also a great shock absorber.
The Japanese luxury automaker doesn’t indicate whether this concept previews a production application or just shows what is possible with cutting-edge tech. However, we might seem them in an upcoming concept crossover. Take a close look through the window at the interior of the sub-compact UX’s teaser image, and it definitely appears that the Kinetic Seat Concept is inside.
Lexus has been using bolder, sharp-edged styling recently as a way to differentiate its vehicles from more traditional looking luxury competitors, like those from BMW. In the right model, these seats could be just the right touch to continue the striking design motif. We can easily imagine them in a range-topping version of the LC as a way to further the coupe’s already avant-garde appearance.
Gallery: Lexus Kinetic Seat Concept
Lexus Kinetic Seat Concept World Premiere at the 2016 Paris Motor Show
Revolutionary fibre net construction re-evaluates the principles of car seat occupancy.
Rotational movement of seat cushion and back rest simulates the fundamental spinal movements of human mobility to help enhance head stabilization.
Spider web-pattern flexible net closely fits body shape, dispersing load for prolonged seat comfort and optimal body support.
Threads at the back rest of the spider web-pattern construction are made from environmentally-friendly, synthetic spider silk materials.
MOVABLE SEAT CUSHION AND BACK REST
In humans, the spine acts to stabilize the head. It allows the pelvis and chest to rotate in opposite directions, stabilizing movement of the head even while walking or jogging.
In order to recreate this movement in car seats, the seat cushion and back rest were designed to move kinetically with occupant weight and external forces. Thus, simply sitting in the seat helps stabilize head movement caused by vehicle motion, keeping the field of vision steady. This reduces the burden on occupants, improving ease of driving and comfort.
SPIDER WEB-PATTERN NET SEATS
The seat frame 'upholstery' comprises a spider web-pattern net with threads that spread out radially from the center of the back rest. The net is sufficiently flexible to closely fit body shape, dispersing the load to make it possible to sit comfortably for prolonged periods.
The center of the back rest is at shoulder blade height, which induces rotational movement of the chest around the seat's pivotal axis. This helps to stabilize the head and ensure a high level of support. The seat has also been made slimmer, making the overall car lighter in weight.
SYNTHETIC SPIDER SILK
The threads at the back rest of the spider web-pattern construction are made from environmentally-friendly, synthetic spider silk materials* instead of petroleum-derived materials. The main component of this material is protein, which is created through microbial fermentation, then spun and processed into a new material offering superior shock absorbance (Toughness) properties.
*QMONOSTM material developed by Spiber Inc.
The Kinetic Seat Concept will be shown on a stand-alone display for the first time at the 2016 Paris Motor Show.
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