Southfield’s Lear Corp. and Northville Township’s Gentherm today announced a strategic joint development partnership to drive the future of passenger thermal seating solutions.
Lear, a leading automotive seating and electronics supplier, and Gentherm, a developer of thermal management technologies, say more efficient thermal systems are needed to optimize vehicle heating and air conditioning systems. The partnership’s mission is the advanced development of a highly integrated, modular heat-and-cool solution for Lear’s Intu seating system.
“The industry is changing extremely fast, and we’re pleased to partner with Gentherm to address consumer preferences today and in the future,” says John Absmeier, Lear’s chief technology officer. “The need for improved personal comfort is paramount, and our combined technology will give passengers the freedom to customize their own environment, while optimizing efficiency to improve energy consumption of the vehicle heating and cooling system.”
With the proliferation of ridesharing, electrification, and autonomous vehicle applications, there is an increased focus on the design and engineering of the internal cabin with technologies that allow passengers to personalize their spaces for individual comfort and wellness.
“Our strategic collaboration with Lear demonstrates a systematic approach to developing a thermal management seating solution that optimizes the integration of our respective technologies, resulting in a superior comfort experience,” says Phil Eyler, president and CEO of Gentherm. “Our expertise in human thermophysiology perfectly complements Lear’s strength as a leader of automotive seating and electronic systems. I am delighted that our teams will join forces to drive innovation in vehicle interior comfort solutions.”
In related news, Lear today announced the launch of Lear Innovation Ventures (LIV) Possibilities, led by John Absmeier, Lear’s Chief Technology Officer.
LIV Possibilities is the framework underlying Lear’s focus on product, process, and business model innovation. Lear will invest in advanced development teams, partnerships, and early stage technologies by working with venture capital firms, accelerators, and incubators; providing direct capital to start-ups and internal innovation initiatives.