Specialists from ZF have studied how different seating positions affect the protection function of today’s conventional restraint systems. For example, what happens if the driver has a tablet on his or her lap during the trip? What happens if he or she is sitting in the vehicle in the usual position or with the driver’s seat turned to the side or toward the rear? All scenarios show that there are sometimes significant changes in the performance of the safety system. If the driver’s seat is turned 180 degrees, some protective systems can no longer be used in a way that makes sense.
The realization is as follows: In the future, safety systems must be more greatly integrated into the overall concept of the interior. Airbags will no longer only be deployed from the steering wheel or dashboard but also from the roof or from the seats. To make every seating and reclining position as safe as possible, ZF has entered into a partnership with interior specialist Faurecia. The first results of the cooperation, which began in early May 2017, can already be seen four months later at the IAA: a jointly developed concept seat including belts, belt tensioners and airbags with many design innovations.