Lear Corporation, a global automotive technology leader, and Gentherm, the global market leader and developer of innovative thermal management technologies, announced a strategic joint development partnership today to drive the future of passenger thermal seating solutions.
With the proliferation of ridesharing, electrification and autonomous vehicle applications, there is an increased focus on design and engineering of the internal cabin with technologies that allow passengers to personalize their spaces for individual comfort and wellness. More efficient thermal systems are needed to optimize the heating and air conditioning system in the vehicle.
The partnership is for advanced development of a highly integrated, modular heat and cool solution for Lear's IntuTM seating system that will provide world-class passenger comfort.
"The industry is changing extremely fast, and we're pleased to partner with Gentherm to address consumer preferences today and in the future," said John Absmeier, Lear Chief Technology Officer. "The need for improved personal comfort is paramount, and our combined technology will give passengers the freedom to customize their own environment, while optimizing efficiency to improve energy consumption of the vehicle heating and cooling system."
"Our strategic collaboration with Lear demonstrates a systematic approach to developing a thermal management seating solution that optimizes the integration of our respective technologies, resulting in a superior comfort experience," said Phil Eyler, President and CEO of Gentherm.
"Our expertise in human thermophysiology perfectly complements Lear's strength as a leader of automotive seating and electronic systems. I am delighted that our teams will join forces to drive innovation in vehicle interior comfort solutions."