JANUARY 28, 2016
Why are Nissan’s Zero Gravity seats better than the competition’s? And just what are Zero Gravity Seats, exactly?
There’s a whole lot of science behind it. In fact, they’re inspired by the weightlessness of space. In a weightless environment, the human body assumes a neutral spinal posture—a natural position where the least amount of stress is placed on our bones and joints, so we’re less likely to become tired. Nissan engineers used these findings and—over the course of a decade—developed Zero Gravity Seats, fundamentally changing the entire seat design to optimize comfort on longer drives.
To reduce muscle fatigue the human body naturally slumps, which then increases spinal bending, puts pressure on the lower back, and leads to even more fatigue. Built with 14 different pressure points to put you in a neutral position, the Zero Gravity Seats’ unique shape and patented structure provides continuous support from your hips all the way up to your shoulders. This natural, ergonomic design helps to maximize blood flow and keep your energy levels up.
Before Zero Gravity Seats were put into production, the seat concept went through extensive testing using a driving simulator, real-world long
Distance and overnight evaluations, as well as biomechanical analysis. Testers included men and women of different heights and body types. Even medical tests were taken—like blood samples measuring lactic acidity levels—to confirm a reduction in muscular strain and fatigue.
So while other cars have seats, Nissan has science. And this science means you’re in for a more satisfying drive, no matter how long the journey.
First featured on the 2013 Nissan Altima®, Zero Gravity seats are now available on the 2015 and 2016 Rogue®, 2015 Altima®, 2015 Murano®, 2016 Maxima®, and 2016 Titan®.