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Faurecia GPSFit and SmartFitIf you can't get comfortable in this car seat, maybe you shouldn't drive.
-Okay, two questions, how many of you can never quite get comfortable in your car seats especially on long trips? And number 2, how many of you have a sleep number bed? Alright, those two kind of come together in the seat technologies I'm gonna show you now from Porsche. Here's an app that is tied to this seat, sensors throughout in at least a half a dozen locations are picking up my body pressure; where is there too much pressure, where is there not enough. And you can see, it's live reading all off those into this databased app. If I hit continuous here, this technology called microfit is now automatically adjusting aloof those zones based on the pressure. The idea is to get everything as close to 0 as possible. That's the nice and neutral where I don't have too much pressure or too little supporting my old ageing back. Now, once you're comfortable, how do you stay comfortable when you're driving? That's where something called GPS Fit comes it. You've heard of active seats we've shown you in Mercedes for example that change the balusters as you're in curbs, but those have kind of elaborate hardware. This one is different. Look at this. GPS Fit is using GPS mapping and map data to know where I am. So, here on the map I can see I'm coming up (there we go) on a left hand turn, kind of a strong one and the seat just readjusted. It didn't react to the dynamics of the car 'coz I'm not even in the turn yet. It pre-reacted based on what it knows about what's coming up on the road, how fast I'm going, and what it knows about my height and weight because I set this thing up to myself when I first started driving the car, and there it goes. Moving again now because we're getting back into a straight. So, it can handle lateral force prediction. It can also get you set up for visibility by changing the angle of the seat. And if it pushes your head forward to get you in the right place to see over a hill or something, it will also adjust the bottom at the same time to maintain your leg distance so you're not getting pulled away or too close to the pedals. Lots of things going on here. The idea of this is that all the technology is built into the seat whereas some of the current technology-- Oh, there it goes again. I guess we're turning-- require a lot of ancillary hardware. Now, Porsche doesn't make car if they don't sell seats you can buy. They are a vendor to lots of the major car makers out there, but this is the kind of thing that we like to see companies showing to get the markers to raise their visibility a little bit towards the next or next innovation in car tech and it's not always on a screen, is it?