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Taxi technology for Uber, Lyft (and other) drivers


If you’ve ridden in a cab in a major American city, you may have noticed that the driver was sitting on a bed of wooden beads. No, it wasn’t to torture your chauffeur, but keep him cooler and comfortable during a long day behind the wheel.

And now you can equip your own vehicle with a much more stylish application of this vintage technology. At the recent SEMA Show, New Jersey-based FH Group introduced premium leatherette seat covers with integrated cooling beads.

Stitching matches the color of the beads

“Cooling beads center design is great ventilation for airflow,” the company noted in its signage in the new product showcase at the Specialty Equipment Market Association’s trade show. “It will help your seat to remain cool and provides a massage feature for an extensive drive.”

On the company’s website, we learn that the beads are rosewood.

Retail price is $289.99 for a pair of seat covers, but when we looked at the website, they were being offered for $199.99 a pair.

FH Group says the product “instantly upgrades your car by providing a luxurious look and feel” and are designed to keep the driver and front-seat occupant cooler in summer weather. 

The covers’ non-slip interior and “intelligent” elastic edges keep them in place.

Of course, if wood cooling beads aren’t what you want for your vehicle, FH Group offers a long list of other seat covers as well as floor mats and linters, car covers, auto accessories, ranging from steering wheel covers and pet protectors to storage organizers, and outdoor products, such as mower and grill and boat covers.

For more information, visit the company website.

Larry Edsall
Larry Edsall
A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.


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