ZF and Faurecia will partner to development interior and safety technologies for autonomous driving, they said in a statement on Wednesday. ZF specializes in driveline and chassis technology as well as active and passive safety technology, while Faurecia is one of the world’s largest automotive equipment suppliers.

As part of this partnership, both companies will identify and develop innovative safety and interior solutions linked to different potential occupant positions, they said. Highly flexible and comfortable interiors which still offer the highest active and passive safety will be the key drivers for the adoption of different interior configurations. The seats will integrate a significant part of the safety devices enabling them to swivel and recline or allowing an efficient return to driving mode, the companies noted.

“This partnership will mark another important step for Faurecia in the development of an innovation ecosystem for technology solutions for the Cockpit of the Future,” said Patrick Koller, CEO of Faurecia. “Our strong combined customer intimacy and our common vision will enable us to provide a unique technology offer ensuring the safety of the vehicle occupants in various autonomous driving use cases.”