INFINITI Zero Gravity Seats Inspired by Space Age Innovation
Fifty years ago people around the world witnessed the Apollo 11 moon landing on their black and white television sets. This historic event sparked a technological innovation revolution. To this day, we continue to benefit from space-race advancements, many of which have improved our own health and wellbeing.
Ever since NASA successfully landed a man on the moon on July 20, 1969, space travel has contributed to the development of modern-day technologies with breakthroughs in computerization, the development of advanced materials and composites, and even innovations that can improve our health.
A NASA engineer used technical expertise he learned while working on the space shuttle program to invent the first cochlear implant technology. Hundreds of thousands of people around the world suffering from profound hearing loss have since benefitted from this space-age device.
NASA also developed the fitted temper foam for airline seats to improve the probability that occupants could survive a crash. That same foam is now found in comfortable memory foam mattresses.
Comfort has also made a small step – or giant leap – in our everyday lives with INFINITI’s advanced Zero Gravity seats. Featured in the QX50 luxury midsize crossover and Q60 sports coupe, these seats are designed to maximize comfort on longer drives.
Mike Colleran, Division Vice President, Global Marketing and Sales Operations, and Deputy MC-Chairman, said: “Inspired by the feeling of weightlessness in space, INFINITI’s Zero Gravity seats attempt to replicate the experience felt by astronauts in zero-gravity conditions.”
Understanding the science behind the development of zero gravity is vital in understanding the benefits of a comfortable driving position. “INFINITI drew on findings from a joint study with Tokyo’s Keio University,” added Colleran. “We worked with the team at the university’s Yamazaki Laboratory to measure our seat design against NASA’s own standards for neutral body posture. It’s a space-age development which has trickled down into INFINITI’s cars, helping us to fundamentally alter the design of our seats to emphasize spinal support and comfort.”
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