Electronic capabilities promise to deliver added functionality and reduced costs on large outsourced interior modules. Lear was one of the first interior suppliers to recognize the importance of the integration of electronics.
With the acquisition of United Technologies' Automotive division in March 1999, Lear brought substantial electrical and electronic capability in-house.
In May of this year, Lear followed up the acquisition by introducing its 'Intertronics' concept to automakers to move interior integration to the next level.
Products being developed at Lear Electronics and Electrical Division's new technical center in Dearborn, Michigan, USA, and two new centers in Europe include: an instrument panel center console control that provides a thin-profile control panel for the entertainment system; accessory switch functions; and heating, ventilation and air conditioning.
The bulk of the electronic modules are located away from the driver, creating a large, tip-out storage bin behind the control panel.
Lear's integrated seat adjuster module combines electronic control for seat adjustment, power lumbar support, memory function and heated seat into one package.
Lear's integrated door controls combine the controls for window lift, door lock, power mirror,
heated seat and electronic control modules in a single, integrated package.