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Faurecia invests in French laboratory ESP Consulting

French auto parts maker Faurecia invested in laboratory ESP Consulting to improve wellness for car passengers, according to a Dec. 19 announcement.

France-based ESP Consulting uses cognitive science and data to optimize human well-being and performance in different situations.

In a statement, Faurecia's vice president for cockpit of the future, David Degrange, said the company's partnership with ESP will allow Faurecia to offer products designed to improve postural comfort, reduce fatigue and stress, and eliminate motion sickness.

Meanwhile, ESP said the investment will allow it to expand its laboratory, including through the construction of a biosensor-based driving simulator and an environmental chamber for studying human behavior in different climatic situations.

Faurecia made the investment through its venture capital arm Faurecia Ventures, which invests in startups whose technologies are in line with the company's innovation strategy for sustainable mobility. The size of the investment was not disclosed.

In July, Faurecia Ventures invested in audio systems startup SubPac Inc., which transfers low audio frequencies directly to the body.