Ford's new car seat covers could offer infinite personalisation and even charge phone
Ford Motor Company is introducing cutting-edge technology to produce seamless seat covers with 3D knitting.
Employing production techniques found in the manufacture of running shoes, clothing and furniture, Ford is exploring the opportunity for customers to design their own seat covers, add bespoke touches such as pockets and padding, and use more breathable materials for summer.
The technology also enables the use of textiles with potential for built-in connectivity, able to integrate heating; controls for the doors and windows; wireless smartphone charging; and sensors to monitor the driver’s health.
Customers could have the option of different covers on the front and rear seats, a set featuring designs for children or rear-seat covers made especially for pets. Further personalisation might include individual colour combinations and graphics, plus seasonal and region-specific designs.
Any part of the interior made from material has the potential to be 3D-knitted. The dashboard and doors could feature designs that appear different depending on the angle from which they are seen. Logos and graphics might be added to the upholstery using this effect.
Different fabrics can also be chosen so that customers might for example choose leather or fabric to better suit summer or winter driving or based on personal preferences.