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Old 09-29-2013, 08:32 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by Xist View Post
What if the back seat faced the rear?
Actually, you are not the first to suggest this, it's not a bad idea. However I'm trying to get it to work both ways, and if it works facing forward, then it most certainly will work the other way.

In fact as currently planned, all the seats will be able to rotate 360 degrees. The major reason for this being the deep inset location of the seats and distance from the outside edge.

I'm just imaging trying to get a elderly passenger in there, and it's not easy. A seat rotated to 90 degrees to entry in lieu of parallel would do wonders for accessibility. In addition the measure of safety from side impacts created by the deep doors (foam filled) is not something I'm willing to give up.

A feature such as allowing the front passenger to rotate, greet and interact with the rear passenger while in transit brings up all sorts of possibilities. For instance the care of a child passenger (in the rear seat), polite conversation face to face, no more shouting or excluding the rear passenger in the conversation, and so forth. Heck, maybe even a board game for long trips, similar to as that of inside of an RV could be played.

In addition, I think one of the leading reasons we all like the Mater Dei/Evansville car is the lower body form being so clearly defined and expressed.

This is the same fascination I've had with my own 2-part foil shaped lower body studies, be they positive, neutral or inverted wing foil.
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