BMW Collaborate on Business Class Seat with High-End Technology

By Paul Joseph

Aviation service providers Thales and BMW Design Works, a US-based company owned by the famous German car manufacturer, have teamed up to design an innovative new concept seat for business class flyers.

Developed in conjunction with BE Aerospace, the high-end concept features advanced technology including touchpad controls integrated into the seat., ultra-high definition main display screen, passenger control display, eye tracking and an interactive virtual landscape panel.

Other high-tech features include Thales SmartPIMs that allow passengers to interface their portable electronic devices with the IFE system, and Smart Device Ignition Wireless Charging.

The chair also comes with a surround system and visual control system that will let passengers select movies by looking at on your screen, whilst if you look away to speak to the flight attendant or fall asleep it will automatically pause.

Furthermore, the seat can identify passengers by their connected PDA as the computerized system connects to their social media profiles and identifies their preferences such as their favourite movies, preferred position to relax in, and food preference.

A four-zone massage system offers passengers another state-of-the-art way to relax and enjoy their flying experience.

The seat, which was unveiled at the Aircraft Interiors Expo 2014 in Hamburg, Germany last week, is expected to hit the market in 2019.

By Paul Joseph