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COLOGNE - The Ford Motor Company is introducing 3D knitting to create car seat upholstery with built-in connectivity to enable drivers to control windows and heating, monitor their health and even wireless charge their phones.

The company says the cutting edge production technique, more usually found on running shoes, clothing and furniture, also allows seamless seat covers and infinite personalisation.

Ford wants to let customers to design their own seats, letting them add bespoke touches like pockets or padding, as well as use more breathable materials for the summer.

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