Most, if not all, of the front seats of production cars are currently mounted separately on two rails directly connected to the floor.
These rails provide an easy way for adjusting the seats longitudinal position, but have a major drawback: they significantly reduce the foot space available to the rear passengers, also reducing the comfort and without any aesthetic as well.
The goal was to find a solution to this problem in order to give rear passengers a much larger foot space and to achieve a better, uncluttered look.
The proposed solution is to raise the position of the front seats sliding elements by inserting a"bridge" structure made of a folded metal sheet (or equivalent functional element).
The patent pending solution, that integrates the front seats mountings as well as the center console.
The structure is connected to the car’s structure in the door sills and center tunnel areas.
Experience a better travel comfort and never scratch your shoes again
No more ugly metal rails, but a minimal, uncluttered look with full-size carpets
Use the taller space under the seats to store a bag, or whatever you like
For seat makers
For car makers
Today: under the driver’s seat of a D-Segment passenger car (2013 model)
Tomorrow: a much more uncluttered design, without doing any modification to the seat components
Note: the sliding device is not part of the patent; the Patent Application document shows possible and easy solutions
Today: under the driver’s seat
Tomorrow: the SeatBridge enables to have a free, usable space
Without the rails
Tomorrow: with the SeatBridge
Today: the mounting system of the driver’s seat
Tomorrow: much bigger foot room, cleaner, more premium look
Images are for illustrative purposes only
For the sake of clearness and transparency, hereinafter we include some possible concerns that could be raised by this solution, as it always happen when innovation has to be assessed.
SeatBridge is a win-win-win solution:
SINTEC was founded by Claudio Buccini, a naval and mechanical graduated engineer who served the Italian Navy and worked - amongst the others - at Riva Shipyard, Wally Group and Finmeccanica Spa, always at executive level.