A 2020 Interior
While this may look like some exotic sculpture. . .
. . .it is part of a seat. A seat with a fabric that has undergone ink jet printing tech, which Johnson Controls hopes to bring to automotive interiors.
They have created a seating demonstrator, the SD15, which includes a number of innovations beyond the colorful seat fabric.
For example, if you look at the rear seating area. . .
. . .you can see that in the middle section there is a seat. That’s because the seat track system, named “Gemini,” allows the center seating section to come forward to create a seat or to be moved backward and get stored behind, thereby creating a four-place vehicle.
Also note that the driver’s seat has an integrated center console. This console moves with the seat so that it is always in position for ready occupant access.
While not visible in the images, the front passenger seat is on tracks that allow it to either move up and stow against the instrument panel (thereby providing lots of space behind it) or move back much further than is normally the case for cargo capacity in the front footwell.
According to Beda Bolzenius, president of Johnson Controls Automotive Experience and vice chairman of Johnson Controls Asia Pacific, SD15 addresses consumer interests for 2020 and beyond.
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