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Autonomous Car May Cause Motion Sickness: Research

The hype of autonomous car is at peak lately and everyone is talking about its advantages, one research points out a serious disadvantage of riding on it. Such cars may make riders sick, a kind of motion sickness.

Riding on self-driving cars mean passengers pay attention to their likings instead of to the road and signals. This is the reason it may result with motion sickness, says a new study.

Researchers at the University of Michigan’s Transportation Research Institute surveyed people from United States and five other countries about what they would like to do while riding in a self-driving cars. The answers were to read, watch movies, text, play games and work.

Up to 12 percent of people in each countries said they would experience moderate to severe motion sickness while riding on an autonomous car. Researchers add that this aspect needed to be considered by manufacturers of the car.

Researchers say, “Motion sickness is expected to be more of an issue in self-driving vehicles than in conventional vehicles… (due to) conflict between vestibular (balance) and visual inputs, inability to anticipate the direction of motion and lack of control over the direction of motion.”

The researchers also suggested large windows, fully reclining seats, and transparent video should be implemented. Apart from these, the riders should sit facing forward.

It is also said that those people will be less likely to get motion sickness who would like to talk on phones, look at the windows or sleep on their way to destination.