UK DRIVERS could soon ease their back pain with a shape-shifting seat that tricks the brain into thinking you’re walking.
The technology aims to reduce the health risks associated with sitting down on long car journeys.
Jaguar Land Rover has designed the ‘morphable’ seat that stimulates your legs when behind the wheel.
Using a range of micro adjusters in the seat, the system stimulates one leg after another to replicate the pattern of walking.
Around 1.4billion people worldwide are now living an increasing sedentary lifestyle, according to the World Health Organisation.
And this inactivity can often lead to the muscles shortening in your legs and hips, which can cause major back pain.
The weakened muscles also mean you’re more likely to injure yourself from falls or strains.
But the continuous micro-adjustments in the seat help simulate pelvic oscillation to help ease the affects of sitting down for a long time.
British motorists spend an average of 146 miles behind the wheel every week.
Dr Steve Iley, chief medical officer at Jaguar Land Rover, said: “The wellbeing of our customers and employees is at the heart of all our technological research projects.
“We are using our engineering expertise to develop the seat of the future using innovative technologies not seen before in the automotive industry to help tackle an issue that affects people across the globe.”
Jaguar Land Rover has recently begun testing steering wheels that warm up and cool down to tell drivers when to turn left or right.