WINNER: ConfigurE+ Adaptive Rear Seating Rail System
2019 - PACE Award Winner
What: More seating control on floor-mounted rails
Innovation: ConfigurE+ is an electrically operated rear-seating system, aimed at electric vehicles and autonomous driving, that uses floor-mounted rails and a control module to make the seats foldable, adaptable and removable. The rails enable heating and cooling, monitoring of passenger status for safety and comfort, and a wider variety of seating configurations.
Judge's Citation: Lear's ConfigurE+ brings unparalleled safety, ease of use and functionality to vehicle seating. Using long rails embedded in the floor, seats on patented cassettes can be dropped into any location with all connections, eliminating the worry of improper installation. This innovation allows seats to be selectively positioned, removed or reinstalled easily providing for virtually endless possibilities. Whether transporting people, goods or both, the seats are configurable to consumers' changing needs. For the automaker, ConfigurE+ provided an easily adaptable, modular system for today's mix and tomorrow's autonomous vehicles.
Web site: lear.com