Driverless Vehicles Could Induce Motion Sickness



The latest study, done by the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute, has shown that driverless vehicles could cause motion sickness in the passengers. The study results were released last week.

The self-driving vehicles could induce kintosis, commonly known as motion sickness, a condition where a person feels nauseate, dizzy or can feel other physical symptoms. The motion sickness is caused by a conflict of the visual and vestibular inputs, the inability to predict the motion direction and the lack of control over the direction a person is moving. All these factors can be induced by driverless vehicles of the future.

The University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute professor, Michael Sivak, said that the β€œResults indicate that six to 12 percent of American adults riding in fully self-driving vehicles would be expected to experience moderate or severe motion sickness at some time.”
As we all experienced at some point of our life, when we are not looking at the road, and are doing something else, there is big chance that we will feel the symptoms of motion sickness. The studies have proven that reading, texting, playing games or watching a video increases the probability of motion sickness. So if we don’t have to watch the road while we are driven by the self-driving car, we will tend to do things which make us feel like we have motion sickness


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