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Illustration of Rockwell Collins' Universal Passenger Seat interface (UPSi) concept

Rockwell Collins' Universal Passenger Seat interface (UPSi) concept, a solution for autonomous transportation that transcends industries, would provide a universal, standard seat interface applicable to aircraft, vehicles and trains. Click to enlarge

Seeing the future from here is more than just a campaign at Rockwell Collins. It’s what Rockwell Collins’ talented employees do every day as they challenge themselves to think about what might become commonplace many years from now.

Although not likely to become reality for at least another 10 to 15 years, the company’s Universal Passenger Seat interface (UPSi) concept, a solution for autonomous transportation that transcends industries, is already gaining recognition. When developed, this concept would provide a universal, standard seat interface applicable to aircraft, vehicles and trains. Most recently, UPSi was recognized by the Core77 Design Awards, which champion the principles of inclusivity, innovation and excellence in 14 different categories. It received a Notable Award in the Transportation category in June – making it eligible for a Community Choice prize. Voting remains open through July 14, 2018.

Earlier this year, UPSi was one of four Rockwell Collins finalists in the 2018 Crystal Cabin AwardⓇ competition, which recognizes excellence in aircraft interior innovation.

“The future reality of autonomous vehicles creates the scenario that most passengers will be reclining and non-drivers – whether in aircraft, trains or cars,” said Glenn Johnson, director of Industrial Design in the Advanced Design Group in Interior Systems for Rockwell Collins. “UPSi could provide a singular system that copes with the seating demands of each transportation method as one combined modular system, as well as ensuring reduced engineering effort and resource spend.”

Story posted: June 29, 2018

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