Motion sickness – commonly manifested through nausea, vomiting and dizziness –affects different people. It results from a sensory conflict between inputs from the eyes, inner ear and nervous systems of human bodies, and can be caused by travelling in a car, on board a ship or aeroplane, or on a theme park ride.
Medical studies show that, due to the way in which the human brain works, motion sickness will be more of a widespread issue in self-driving vehicles than it currently is for drivers and passengers in conventional, self-powered vehicles.
Now researchers at Cranfield University – an institution developing the technology needed to make fully autonomous vehicles a reality – are working on developing control strategies that will enable vehicles to drive themselves in such a way that motion sickness is minimized.
The university is conducting a first-of-its-kind study to develop a mathematical model for motion sickness that aims to help stop people becoming ill when traveling in autonomous vehicles.
Source: Press Release