With as many as 22 controls, seats in a luxury sedan can befuddle the average motorist.
Not to worry: Automakers and key suppliers are developing self-adjusting seats that use cameras and pressure sensors to automatically fit the occupant's contours.
The seats may prove especially popular for luxury vehicles used as company cars because busy executives likely lack the time or patience to peruse the owner's manual.
Two leading seat suppliers, Faurecia SA and Johnson Controls Inc., confirm that they are developing self-adjusting seats.
The complexity of a luxury sedan's seat controls taxes the motorist's patience, says Olivier Boinais, Faurecia's senior industrial design manager for North and South America.
"For the past 10 years, we've been trying to simplify the [seat] adjustments while providing comfort," Boinais said. The initial market for self-adjusting seats "clearly is for an extended sedan that is chauffeured."