: an Innovative Add-On Thermal Module for Rear Passengers’ Comfort
The paper deals with an innovative system using a new type of technology for the automotive domain in order to improve rear passengers’ thermal comfort. This device is an add-on thermal module plugged into the headliner of a car. This kind of product has been developed and integrated in a car for validation. Tests have been performed in terms of thermal comfort improvement using a human panel. They show a real effect at the head level of the rear passengers in summer and in winter. Moreover, it offers independent control to the left and right rear passengers in terms of mass flow and temperature with easier in-vehicle integration for the car makers than a rear HVAC.