Taking on motion sickness
Let’s say you’re on a long road trip. You’re riding along, then all of a sudden your temperature rises and your skin gets clammy. According to Jaguar Land Rover (JLR), 7 in 10 people are affected by motion sickness. So, the British automaker decided to see if they could use technology and science to fix this problem. According to JLR, certain techniques and technologies can help reduce the effects of motion sickness by up to 60%.
JLR managed to identify a number of things within the vehicle that prevent car sickness. One of the more obvious methods uses adaptive suspension to ensure a smoother ride. By placing infotainment screens higher up on the dashboard, JLR claims a 40% reduction in motion sickness effects. If the passengers can anticipate a vehicles next move, they can better adjust their body for the upcoming change in direction. As a result, being able to hear the navigation directions can help passengers better cope with motion sickness. This may seem obvious as well, but making sure a seat is adjusted to the correct position, with a more commanding view of the world, can help greatly. The last factor JLR identifies is cabin temperature. Cooler temps inside the cabin can also help to reduce the effects of motion sickness.
The efforts to cure car sickness come in anticipation of driverless car technology. While drivers don’t tend to suffer from motion sickness, passenger are at a much higher risk. Obviously, there are no drivers in a driverless car, so JLR wants to take precautions to ensure comfortable passage in autonomous vehicles.
However, this information is useful to have anyways. Especially if you suffer from motion sickness on a regular basis.
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