SEATING SYSTEM FOR VEHICLES, PARTICULARLY FOR AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES

By | October 12, 2018

The seating system comprises a seat (10) that is movable between a standard seating position, in which the seat (10) faces frontwards and the seat backrest (14) is in an upright position for conventional driving mode, and at least one non-standard seating position in which the seat (10) is rotated around the vertical axis (z) with respect to the standard seating position and/or the backrest (14) is reclined rearwards by rotation around a first transverse horizontal axis (y) from the standard seating position. The seat (10) is equipped with at least one passive safety device (18, 20, 22, 32, 34, 36) which is switchable between a working or active state, in which the device is able to protect the occupant of the seat in case of an impact of the vehicle, and a non-working or inactive state. The system further comprises position sensor means arranged to detect the position of the seat (10), adjusting means arranged to adjust the position of the seat (10) between the standard seating position and the at least one non-standard seating position, activation means arranged to cause switching of the at least one passive safety device (18, 20, 22, 32, 34, 36) between the working and non-working states, and an electronic control unit arranged to control the adjusting means to adjust the position of the seat (10) between the standard seating position and the at least one non-standard seating position and to control the activation means, depending on the position of the seat (10) detected by the position sensor means, so that when the seat (10) is in the standard seating position the at least one passive safety device (18, 20, 22, 32, 34, 36) is in the non-working state and when the seat (10) is in the at least one non-standard seating position the at least one passive safety device (18, 20, 22, 32, 34, 36) is in the working state.

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