Adient, emerging as an independent company as Johnson Controls spins off its seat-making operations, plans to make a big play in the autonomous vehicle space.
The supplier showed several interior configurations in an investor presentation this month and will stage a major display of its vision at the Detroit auto show in January.
"Autonomous is on everyone's mind," said Tom Gould, Adient's chief designer. "When we translate that into what it means to Adient as a seat supplier, the seat changes from something that's more static into something that's more dynamic.
"We're going to behave differently in the vehicles when we no longer have to commit to the act of driving. From a design standpoint, we start thinking about the interior of the car more as a living space than in the past."
The company, which officially begins trading Oct. 31, showed several configurations with passengers relaxing, working or storing things in extra space.