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Self-Driving Cars Could Feature Reclining Seats and Handheld Controls, Says Adient CEO

Global automotive company Adient began trading as an independent company Monday, and the company's CEO shares his thoughts on the cars of the future.

Self-driving cars of the future will have completely new interiors, potentially featuring fully reclining seats and handheld devices rather than just dashboard controls. That's according to the CEO of Adient, a global automotive and interiors company that was spun off from its parent Johnson Controls (JCI) - Get Report  on Monday. "Longer term with autonomous vehicles, that's really going to change the complete interior of the car," explained R. Bruce McDonald, chairman and CEO of Adient, which began trading Monday under the ticker symbol ADNT. "Occupants aren't going to want to sit in a square, facing forward. They're going to want to tilt, maybe lie back. I think they're going to want the vehicle to be configurable if they are going out on a date or if they are going to the office."

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