At one time, recently at that, the 22-way adjustable seat was a marvel – especially since we didn't know our own bodies even had 22 different ways to be seated comfortably. Automotive supplier Faurecia plans on going well beyond that, however, with its prototype Bluetooth-enabled SmartFit seating system.

To get your seat fitted perfectly to your body without having to touch any of its controls, you enter your information into the SmartFit app: gender, height, weight, reach and a picture of yourself sitting down. The data will be uploaded to Faurecia's system, which will work out "your tailored comfort profile," then send that via Bluetooth to the car's seat, and the chair will automatically shape-shift to hold you just like you like.

The app includes adjustments for specialized conditions like back stiffness and leg or thermal discomfort. Going even further, Faurecia imagines you could purchase enhanced seating functions like Shiatsu massage, IsoHeat treatment and "workout relief." Word is they want to bring it to market in the next few years. You can see how it works in the video below.



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      Greg
      • 2 Years Ago
      "Will your next car feature Bluetooth-enabled, self-adjusting seats?" - No.
      XJ Yamaha
      • 2 Years Ago
      When my cell phone can clean my carpets....i'll finally be impressed.
      dzuan
      • 2 Years Ago
      My Infiniti already has a Smart Key that has saved self adjusting seats
        SloopJohnB
        • 2 Years Ago
        @dzuan
        Yes, many cars do that. The point is to have all 22 adjustments done automatically the first time.
        Edward351
        • 2 Years Ago
        @dzuan
        The feature is configuration portability. This would be useful if you have more than one car you switch between with your partner for example, or it could be incorporated in rental cars making it easy to configure the seat without messing with adjustments for five minutes. I do think it feels like a solution in search of a problem though.
          Lankysean
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Edward351
          But wouldn't the seat position depend on the car itself? I don't think I'd set up my seat up the same way in an SUV and a sports car.
      Txdesign
      • 2 Years Ago
      Looks like the winning entry into the "Must introduce unnecessary complexity into system that was fine as it is" competition.
        RWD
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Txdesign
        Bingo.+1. I went to the LA auto-show and every single car I sat in, I adjusted the seat & steering wheel to my liking. Add up the time spent adjusting all those seats, all day long, and it might amount to 2 minutes. Tops. It'll take longer to pair the car's Bluetooth with my phone than it would to adjust the seat.
        RDPS
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Txdesign
        Sounds like something BMW would put into their cars.
        RGT881
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Txdesign
        Valid point, but to an extent. No one has to use this technology if they don't want to. Personally, I find myself being able to get into a certain car and immediately find a right position, in others I simply struggle - whether seats are too flat, not enough lumbar support, or thigh support, or my upper body doesn't mesh with lower body adjustments. I see this technology working well with cars that have a lot of features and hence flexibility. Not everyone has the time to play with all the settings, some will choose to use Faurecia's feature.
      RudyH
      • 2 Years Ago
      Do you know how this idea sucks? 1) it uses an Apple product = no NFC 2) it doesn't use NFC Think about it...BT has a radius of approx 10 feet, so you need to sync your phone and your chair, and if you are letting your wife drive because you had an extra beer at the Christmas party...you are that much more annoyed with this feature. ...seeing as a mass majority of us males anyway carry their phones in their pockets, wouldn't it make more sense to use NFC? You sit in the chair and it automatically adjusts to how you want it. No need to figure out what seat you are sitting in, or syncing your phone to that chair. Heck if you got into ANY CAR it would work... Apple fail, buy an Android or Blackberry
        flammablewater
        • 2 Years Ago
        @RudyH
        You do realize that bluetooth isn't an Apple technology right? Every phone has had it for almost 10 years. It would be just a bad business decision to have a technology that automatically excluded iPhone users - there's a LOT of them.
      RDPS
      • 2 Years Ago
      That's just what we need, more useless crap for lazy people to make our cars more complicated and heavier. I want a bare bones car with vinyl seats and wind up windows!
      michigan
      • 2 Years Ago
      I've heard alot of stupid ideas in my time, and this one's a doozy
      EB110Americana
      • 2 Years Ago
      I always thought this would be a great way to keep buyers within the brand. You could set your seat in any one car yourself, and then any other car by the same maker would read the key fob or card in your pocket when you sit down and adjust the seat for you. Maybe there would be a prompt first, such as, "I noticed you are carrying your settings with you. Would you like to sync?" You could also carry your favorite radio stations, default Bluetooth connections, recent maps, even driving style. I don't really see a need for the "custom insole fitting" process though. The above would be very useful for a family that owns several cars, which may occasionally be shuffled, and would be added incentive to make them all work on that standard, in otherwords: buy from the same auto maker.
      RetrogradE
      • 2 Years Ago
      How can it be "self adjusting" if it still requires you to program it?
        Rick
        • 2 Years Ago
        @RetrogradE
        ...and open the app everytime you get in the car.
      Douglas Harry
      • 2 Years Ago
      DOn't most cars have configurations saved? My car has 2.
      creamwobbly
      • 2 Years Ago
      Great. So if I borrow my wife's phone, I can expect to have my face smushed up against the windshield and my kneecaps broken?
      • 2 Years Ago
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