- Is this the end of scourge of vehicle motion sickness?
- Cabin settings will adapt to passengers’ needs
- Individual ‘wellness scores’ for driver and passengers
PRETORIA, Gauteng – Jaguar Land Rover autonomous vehicles will soon be able to tell if its occupants are suffering from motion sickness then adjust settings to combat motion sickness.
JLR says the first phase of the research should be complete by the end of November 2018.
Motion sickness, the automaking group believe, affects more than 70% of people and according to Spencer Salter, a ”wellness” technology researcher at Jaguar Land Rover, says ”little has been known about the causes and how to mitigate them”.
So, JLR says, the company has created an algorithm to generate a ”wellness” score for each passenger which can automatically personalise the vehicle’s driving and cabin settings to reduce the nausea by as much as 60%.
More than 24 000km of motion sickness data has been collected to testthe effects of ”doing something” while in transit, such as checking email. ”This,” JLR believes, ”has allowed the creation of a baseline driving style for self-driving vehicles to work towards, minimising the need for steering corrections and therefore the risk of motion sickness while passengers work or relax.”
Salter said: ”Vehicle occupants, in an autonomous future, will be able to work, read or relax on journeys so it has become important to develop vehicles able to individually adapt to reduce motion sickness tailored to each passenger.”
”Motion sickness”, JLR explains, ”can be caused by one’s eyes sending information to the brain that does not correspond to that from the inner ear, skin or forces affecting the body.”
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The ‘wellness score’ calculates how passengers in an autonomous vehicle are feeling through biometric sensors that interrogate physiological signals. ”By combining this with motion and dynamics data,” JLR says, ”the vehicle will reliably know, even before the person, when a passenger or driver is feeling nauseous.”
Steve Iley, JLR’s chief medical officers, told The Corner in a media release: “This research has created a solution for children, who are most susceptible to car sickness. I’m particularly excited about how the research can make a long journey comfortable and stress-free for families.”