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The climate-controlled seats work on the system of operation wherein the heated and cooled air is blown from under the seat’s surface to maintain the desired temperature. There are two parts to the climate-controlled seat system: the climate-controlled seat control unit, and the thermoelectric devices in the driver and front passenger seat backs, as well as under the seats. In order to regulate the seat temperature, climate control blowers are placed at the bottom of the seats.
When used with the climate-controlled seat blower motor, the thermal electric device (TED) acts as a heat exchanger. Changes in power supply direction cause a change in heat exchange. Passenger seats play an important role for transportation due to the comfort and safety of the occupant while traveling. The primary duty of a seat is to provide seating space for the passengers. In addition, the passenger is subjected to various forces in a crash event and, therefore, the seat must protect the occupant. Seats should also absorb vibration and noise for comfortable travelling.
Heated seats are a standard feature on many vehicles today. They provide the driver and passengers with a pleasantly warm seat at all times, even in winter. The desired temperature is usually set in several levels. This can be activated by power control or by precise temperature setting, depending on the configuration installed. There is also the option of adjusting the temperature in the seat cushion and backrest areas according to personal perception of the temperature in each area.
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The demands placed on future electric vehicle cockpits are very considerable: Car drivers expect the same kind of seamless connectivity that they have become accustomed to when using their smartphones; the automotive industry’s safety and security standards are very stringent; and vehicle manufacturers want highly versatile systems that cost as little as possible.
Car manufacturing is increasing customer demand for pleasant and secure vehicle seats. A growing number of OEMs now provide bespoke seat material and functionality options in select versions to fulfil consumer expectations. The designer seats give the inside of a vehicle a more premium look and feel. For this reason, manufacturers choose lightweight components such as heated and climate-controlled seats. The global market for low weight chairs is also being driven by governments enforcing CAFE (corporate average fuel economy).
It is more comfortable and convenient to use a seat that is vented or heated or has a massaging function than a regular seat. Costlier, the advanced modular seats are often seen in premium and luxury vehicles. Some premium and medium passenger car models in developed nations provide memory seats as a standard feature in the top-end editions of their vehicles.
Heating & Climate Controlled Seats Market is primarily driven by factors such as the increase in global car production and sales in order for expanding economies such as India, China, Japan, and other developing nations to satisfy the growing demand. This is due to an increase in the manufacture and sales of both commercial and passenger cars for improved safety and comfort of the driver, and due to a solid economic development rate and rising external commerce in the Asia Pacific area. The expansion of the market has been attributed to the innovations made in the car seats and its technology.
The Global Climate Controlled Seats Market can be segmented into following categories for further analysis.
Automotive seat is used to give comfort to the person who is driving. The cushioning agent is especially important when considering that moving cars can transmit vibrations near the human spine’s resonant frequency of 3 Hz. The base can usually be moved forward and back on metal railings and may move up and down to adjust to different body types.
There has been some recent development in terms of technological integrations at various levels in the passenger and commercial automotive seats. As opposed to the traditional HVAC system, the joint innovation uses intelligent zonal thermal management to create personalized comfort, improving overall vehicle efficiency while drawing on Lear’s intelligent INTU seating system expertise to provide advanced solutions for comfort, wellness, safety, and sound.
Depending on the setting, the technology can account for in-vehicle and outside environments and personal preferences and efficiently manages the distribution of heating and cooling toward segments that have a significant impact on body thermal sensation and comfort.
Vehicle seats equipped with automated climate control constantly monitors the humidity and temperature on the seat surface and backrest, and automatically adjusts seat heating and ventilation as necessary. Numerous sensors built into the car seat provide the necessary data for the automated temperature control function, ensuring that the individual climate control remains within a predetermined comfort range at all times.
Manually turning the system on or off, or even changing it, is no longer essential because integrated humidity and temperature sensors do this for you. It is possible to measure humidity and temperature directly on the seat surface (through perforated leather) using the most recent generation of sensors.
In Automobiles, Seat is a very important part. The standard car seat is designed to support thighs, the buttocks, lower and upper back, and head support. The front driver and passenger seats of most vehicles have three main parts: the seat back (squab), seat base (cushion), and the headrest.
Continental AG has been involved in development of the climate and heated seats in the market to improvise better aspects of ergonomic and climatic requirements. These Heated seats are used increasingly in conjunction with climate-controlled ventilation, which removes any condensing moisture from the seat. As with the heated seats controls, there are also several power levels for the ventilators in the seat cushion and the backrest. An especially comfortable additional option is active cooling by means of Peltier elements. With this option, the air flowing into the seat is cooled in advance to below the temperature of the vehicle interior. It has an operational zoning of up to 4 under each seat requirement. The Heater output power during warm-up phase is about 160W per seat with the Heater output power during temperature hold phase about 60-70W per seat.
Lear Corporation has recently introduced the INTU based system which is Thermal Comfort based Climate Sense Technology with a collaborative development alongside Gentherm. The system aims to create an ideal personal climate through its intelligent software, using ambient cabin conditions to provide optimized comfort. It operates on a smart solution that delivers faster passenger comfort and automatically adjusts based on occupant temperature preferences and profiles. Gentherm’s Climate Sense technology delivers significant energy savings and is designed for optimal efficiency and thermal comfort.
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