Age-old problem of travel sickness threatens the hoped-for benefits of letting
a computer take the wheel in autonomous cars
Sourced through Scoop.it from: www.telegraph.co.uk
I didn’t know I suffered kinetosis, at least I didn’t know that’s what it was called, nor did I consider this as a problem in a driverless car.
I liked the idea of being able to turn the front seats around to face the rear seat passengers, but I never considered the fact that I suffer from motion sickness if I’m not in a front seat or preferably the driver’s seat.
Research from the university of Michigan predicts an increase of almost 28% of people traveling in driverless cars suffering nausea, dizziness and vomiting.
It might not be an issue on an interstate, but stop-starting in urban areas, or the long and winding roads in New Zealand could be a real problem. This could be compounded for those who were thinking that driverless cars mean they can have their cake and eat it too when it comes to drinking and driving. Ask a taxi driver about that demographic.
What is great is that discussions like this are happening before mass production starts so that manufacturers can start coming up with solutions before they drop their profits making a vomit comets.