Adient and Autoliv agree to collaborate on safety, comfort and convenience for seats of the future
Burscheid, Germany / Stockholm, Sweden, September 12, 2017 – Adient (NYSE: ADNT) the world’s leading automotive seating supplier, and Autoliv, Inc. (NYSE: ALV and SSE: ALIVsdb), the worldwide leader in automotive safety systems, are collaborating to address vehicle seating challenges presented by designs for the future car and the incorporation of autonomous driving.
The interior of automated driving vehicles will play an important role, as drivers and pas-sengers will spend more time on non-driving activities. Once vehicles have the capability to be computer-driven, passengers will demand far more flexibility from a vehicle’s interior space than ever before, resulting in alternative seating positions to relax, work and social-ize. At the same time, completely new safety and comfort challenges arise with these flexible car using opportunities. By looking beyond traditional forward-facing seats, Adient and Autoliv feel strongly this development agreement will create optimal integrated products and solutions to address these challenges.
Even in automated vehicles, seatbelts, pretensioners and buckles remain the primary means of restraint should an accident occur. The cooperation between Adient and Autoliv will initially be focused on optimal integration of Autoliv’s safety components into the non-traditional seating arrangements of the future car and on enhancing existing seat-mounted airbag systems and new far-side systems for Euro NCAP. Customer target offering for these solutions will be the second half of 2018.
Future plans include the co-development of highly integrated solutions for enhanced safety, comfort and convenience for future mobility. Both companies are also interested in investigating the potential value in expanding to non-automotive applications if necessary to keep people safe however and wherever they travel or commute.
“This is a tremendously exciting time for the automotive industry, with mobility on the cusp of a fundamental disruption. With our world-class technologies and capabilities, we are more than ready to provide the next generation of advanced vehicle seating systems,” said R. Bruce McDonald, Adient Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “Working with Autoliv means combining the strengths of two leading companies to improve safety, comfort and convenience in the interior of future autonomous vehicles.”
“Our purpose is to provide the latest technology and the highest quality to save more lives,” said Mikael Bratt, President, Autoliv Passive Safety. “Utilizing our global engineering re-sources to reinforce occupant safety remains our top priority, and working with Adient pro-vides the ultimate package upgrade to give consumers confidence and added assurance that their vehicle is equipped with advanced interior protection.”
As vehicular travel becomes increasingly electronics-based, more social and highly collaborative, attention could be diverted from key aspects of the driving experience, namely seat-ing position and the seat itself. The seat of the future is one that will be re-imagined, given the added time people will spend on the road due to developed efficiencies in seating con-struction, materials and transportation technology.
Adient is a global leader in automotive seating. With 75,000 employees operating 230 manufacturing/assembly plants in 33 countries worldwide, we produce and deliver automo-tive 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 pro-cess. 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 adient.com.
Autoliv, Inc., the worldwide leader in automotive safety systems, develops and manufac-tures automotive safety systems for all major automotive manufacturers in the world. To-gether with its joint ventures, Autoliv has more than 80 facilities and 70,000 employees in 27 countries. In addition, the company has 22 technical centers in ten countries around the world, with 19 test tracks, more than any other automotive safety supplier. Sales in 2016 amounted to about US$10.1 billion. The company's shares are listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: ALV) and its Swedish Depository Receipts on the Nasdaq Stockholm (ALIV sdb). For more information about Autoliv, please visit our company website at www.autoliv.com.
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