Recaro is synonymous with sports-car seating but the same attributes that drivers love also makes them excellent for use in electrified and autonomous vehicles. Bob Gritzinger reports.

They might not need the kind of body-hugging performance bucket seat that made Recaro famous, but drivers of electric vehicles, future car sharers and passengers riding in autonomous vehicles won’t want to give up supportive and safe seating.

That’s how Martin Klein, vice president-Recaro Automotive Seating, views future seating needs driven by trends toward electrification, ride-sharing and autonomy. And he sees a place for his company’s sport seating options in that mix in the form of the Recaro Performance Seat Platform (RPSP), a lightweight option that incorporates advanced construction, thin but comfortable foam, a low ride height and an array of comfort, connectivity and driver-monitoring options.

“The good part for the seat manufacturer is, independently from the propulsion system, you will need a seat to sit in,” says Klein, who joined Adient’s 106-year-old premium seating division last September from Mercedes-Benz.

While the division remains primarily focused on the driver and luxury and performance segments of the auto industry, he says the company is cognizant of mobility trends in mainstream brands. This article first appeared in WardsAuto.

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