The Toyota Sienna comes in with a clever system to make sure you can get in and out more easily.
The system is quite simple, in theory, but very few brands have thought about it.
The Sienna is available with up to eight seats but, like any other van of this type, it only has four doors.
This means that the rows of seats at the back aren’t necessarily super easy to access.
Toyota came up with a clever solution to automate access.
They call it Auto Access Seat.
At the press of a button, individual rear seats can literally move forwards and then outwards, as in literally all the way out of the car.
That means the passenger can simply take a seat without even having to get into the car.
This is a great idea to make life easier for senior citizens and people with disabilities.
It is also quite interesting because it leads to an important point.
Automakers have tried a bit of everything since the car was invented nearly 150 years ago.
However, they haven’t really innovated much in terms of seating layouts.
We’ve seen central seats at the front and two at the back, like the McLaren F1 and the Speedtail.
We’ve seen another type of central seats at the front, right between the two seats, which is a feature that also disappeared in one of the Cybertruck concepts.
And we’ve seen power seats and seats with heating and massaging.
But that’s more or less it.
Food for thought.