How Autonomous Vehicle Interiors Can Understand The Needs Of Its Occupants
Santa Clara, CA, USA
Grand Ballroom E Track 4
11:40 - 12:05
Active Wellness is one of the ways Faurecia is already pursuing new functionalities and designs in seating and interiors to address emerging issues related to driving connected/autonomous vehicles. Active Wellness can detect a driver's stress levels and other physical responses by measuring heart and breathing patterns through sensors integrated into the seat. Based on these measurements, the system can initiate countermeasures - for example, employing a specific massage therapy or increasing seating ventilation - to improve the driver's comfort level. This is aimed at reducing stress for autonomous car occupants.
Steffen Bartschat is Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Faurecia, a $25B global tier one automotive supplier. He has held executive roles in a range of companies, ranging from startups to Fortune 50, shipping products ranging from wearable devices to consumer software and Artificial Intelligence in the enterprise space. He holds an MS in Business Management from Stanford Business School, and a BS and MS in Electrical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.
Founded in 1997, Faurecia has grown to become a major player in the global automotive industry. With 290 sites including 30 R&D centers and 109,000 employees in 35 countries, Faurecia is now a global leader in its three areas of business: automotive seating, interior systems and clean mobility. Faurecia has focused its technology strategy on providing solutions for smart life on board and sustainable mobility. In 2017, the Group posted total sales of €20.2 billion and value-added sales of €17.0 billion. Faurecia is listed on the Euronext Paris stock exchange and is a component of the CAC Next 20 index. For more information, please visit www.faurecia.com
With North American headquarters based in Auburn Hills, Michigan, Faurecia had sales of $5.3 billion in 2017 and employed approximately 20,000 people at 50 locations in Canada, Mexico and the United States.