Design & Technology / Product
Optima’s new seat technology for greater comfort November 18th, 2010
Conventional seats feature heating coils which warm up the seat. In some cars, the thickness and weight of the coils can feel bulky and problems can arise if the coils are damaged. These problems, though, are solved by the car seat with heat-emitting material.
Optima’s heated seats employ a new technology that imprints an electricity-conducting material in a nanometer layer in the fabric and then uses the resistance difference between the materials to create heat.
Compared to conventional heated seats, the new seats are 50% thinner and take half the time to heat (the length of time it takes for the seat to reach up to 25℃). Additionally, it boasts 99.9% anti-bacterial properties and radiates far infrared rays, which helps reduce fatigue levels for the driver, in addition to providing warmth.
For the summer months, driving for extended periods of time in warm weather can produce unpleasant moisture at contact points between the body and the seat. Optima is equipped with ventilation seats that send cool indoor air to the driver and passenger in the front row. (Editor’s note: Options might differ by regions)
The ventilation seat works to reduce moisture and heat from the body by sending air flow towards the hips and back area through a ventilation fan and interior ducts.
Compared to intake-type seats usually offered by other automakers, the ventilation seat system in the Optima blows air to cool away any sweat much faster.
When the ventilation seat is in operation for 20 minutes, humidity levels can be reduced by approximately 30%. The temperature of body parts in contact with the seat can be lowered by 3℃ in just 3 minutes. The application of a multilevel ventilation mechanism provides added comfort and convenience as the driver can adjust the ventilation level to either high or low.