Gentherm works with ThermoAnalytics to advance Human Thermal Comfort Predictions

Jul 3, 2020   Tier Suppliers

Gentherm, a global market leader and developer of innovative thermal management technologies, and ThermoAnalytics, Inc., a leading thermal modelling software development firm, announced the companies’ joint efforts in developing advanced software to improve human thermal comfort predictions.

There is an increased need and demand from consumers to provide a personalised experience when they enter a vehicle. Individual comfort varies from person to person, and the year-long partnership resulted in the development of new and improved software solutions that can accurately predict an individual’s personalised comfort and wellness.

 

The collaboration improved upon existing abilities to predict passenger comfort by modelling the human body in the cabin of the vehicle to increase the number of body parts measured. The partnership moved beyond thermal comfort predictions to include the effects of moisture on human comfort. This is the first-time software will have the ability to predict comfort and discomfort caused by sweat from the human body.

 

These new advanced software capabilities enable Gentherm to improve the personalised thermal comfort experience provided through the Company’s Climate Control Seat (CCS) and future ClimateSense solutions. ClimateSense is Gentherm’s microclimate thermal comfort system that is comprised of advanced thermal delivery methods, integrated electronics, embedded software, and a revolutionary thermophysiology based human-centric control algorithm. ThermoAnalytics has added new functionality to their software based on the partnership with Gentherm, and these new features will be integrated into ThermoAnalytics’ robust suite of thermal modeling software.

 

“The need for improved personal comfort is paramount and taking a human-centric approach to understanding and delivering personalized thermal comfort has allowed us to accelerate our continued innovation of industry-leading thermal solutions,” said Phil Eyler, President and CEO of Gentherm. “Our partnership with ThermoAnalytics leverages predictive analytics and allows us to bring future products like our ClimateSense solution to market faster.”

 

“Working with a company like Gentherm who embrace model-based systems engineering is the kind of partnership we seek and can provide the most value to their product design,” said Keith Johnson, President and CEO of ThermoAnalytics. “ThermoAnalytics and Gentherm will be leading the next generation automotive electrification movement to ensure that personal thermal comfort does not take a back seat to vehicle performance and range.”

 

The improved software will only be available to select customers.

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