Adient Unveils Updated State-of-the-art Luxury Seating Concept for Level 3 and Level 4 Autonomous Vehicles

SHANGHAI, April 19, 2017 /PRNewswire/ --

Global seating supplier's AI17 demonstrator on display at Auto Shaghai 

Ushering in a new level of contemporary luxury in autonomous vehicle seating, Adient, the world's largest global automotive seating supplier, today unveiled its updated AI17 concept demonstrator at Auto Shanghai 2017.

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Adient, created when Johnson Controls' automotive seating business was spun off as an independent company in 2016, shares its vision for how this will be realized through its AI17 demonstrator - updated since its debut at the North American International Auto show in Detroit this past January.

The interior of autonomous vehicles will play an important role as drivers and passengers spend more time on non-driving activities. Once vehicles have the capability to be computer-driven, occupants will demand far more flexibility from the vehicle's seating and interior space than ever before. Adient's AI17 showcases solutions for level 3 and level 4 autonomous vehicles that forecast how enjoyable future interiors will be.

"As the leader in automotive seating, our AI17 demonstrator shows how we are embracing the opportunities for innovation afforded by autonomous vehicle technology," said R. Bruce McDonald, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Adient. "The concept features innovations that increase interior flexibility; while also providing occupants with higher levels of safety, comfort and convenience."

"Based on extensive market and consumer research, the products in the demonstrator have been carefully designed with a modular approach to accommodate a wide range of vehicles and enable differentiation by segment," said Richard Chung, Vice President of Innovation for Adient.

According to Chung, among the technological innovations included in the AI17 are:

- A rotational base platform that allow seats to 'greet' occupants. Drivers and
passengers are greeted with personal presets and assisted when entering or exiting the
AI17. This 'greeting mode' is enabled by a rotational base platform that swivels, so
occupants can move freely and can position their seat for the best entry and exit
- The front row seats are designed to comfortably support occupants in reclined seating
positions. Adient's patented 'Comfort Shell' seating technology offers a lightweight
flexible panel that conforms to the body along the spine and supports the lumbar. 
- The cantilevered rear-seat structure optimizes comfort for rear-seat passengers
regardless of how they spend their ride time. The rear seat system gives occupants
more personal space; provides up to 45 degrees of reclining comfort; includes a
privacy shield; and offers an integrated leg rest that stows underneath.
- To carry larger cargo, the rear seat's cushion frame stows to a thin stadium position
to create extra space.
- With legroom being the epitome of luxury in the second row, an integrated leg rest for
rear seats is made of spring steel so it flexes with pressure applied by the
occupant's calf. 
- The AI17's 'Cushion Console' concept offers a seamless front console that extends into
the rear passenger space. This provides riders with a more comfortable armrest and the
ability to store small items. A tray table adds extra useable surface for front-seat
- The dual-sided, front-seat armrest provides support for resting, sleeping and
socializing and moves with the body throughout the range of full recline and
rotational seat positions.
- The AI17 features both a four-way powered and a manual headrest. The wide front seat's
four-way powered headrest supports the occupant's head in full reclined and rotated
seat positions. The manual four-way headrest incorporates an easy to see and grab
handle that assists in properly adjusting the headrest.

Adient's exhibit in Booth 5BA001, Hall 5.2, National Exhibition and Convention Center (Shanghai) will be open to media and invited guests from 19th-20th April  and to the public through 28th April.

About Adient 

Adient is the global leader in automotive seating. With 75,000 employees operating 230 manufacturing/assembly plants in 33 countries worldwide, we produce and deliver automotive seating for all vehicle classes and all major OEMs. From complete seating systems to individual components, our expertise spans every step of the automotive seat making process. Our integrated, in-house skills allow us to take our products from research and design all the way to engineering and manufacturing - and into more than 25 million vehicles every year. For more information on Adient, please visit [ ].

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Adient Ltd. & Co. KG

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