It can’t be helped that some people suffer from motion sickness when travelling down the road, especially on long trips. Even the most experienced travelers can be affected by motion sickness, which is caused by confusing messages sent to the brain by different senses. But at Jaguar Land Rover, the vehicle itself could become a weapon to combat motion sickness.
Thanks to a pioneering research at Jaguar Land Rover, vehicles of the future can be of great help in relieving or even curing motion sickness, which affects more than 70 percent of people. Spencer Salter, who serves as a wellness technology researcher at Jaguar Land Rover, noted that previously, very little has been known on the causes of motion sickness as well as how to mitigate them.
Thus, Jaguar Land Rover initiated a pioneering, industry-leading research that tackles motion sickness. In this research, Jaguar Land Rover collected around 15,000 miles of motion sickness data. Then, the carmaker tested the effects caused by motion sickness through the performance of a task – like checking e-mails -- while the vehicle is on the move.
Through this research, the automaker managed to come up with an algorithm that can generate a ‘wellness score’ for each passenger. According to Salter, this wellness score computes the susceptibility of individual drivers and passengers to motion sickness, with physiological signals recorded through biometric sensors that record.
This wellness score can be employed to personalize – automatically – the driving and cabin settings of a vehicle, thereby helping reduce the effects of motion sickness while travelling by up to 60 percent. It will help a vehicle know when a driver or passenger or driver is already becoming motion sick even before they actually know it.
In addition, the research resulted to the creation of a base driving style for autonomous vehicles from which the carmaker can further work on. This driving style should minimize the need for steering corrections made by the self-driving vehicle, thereby reducing or mitigating motion sickness as its occupants try to relax, rear or work, especially during long trips. Jaguar Land Rover remarked that from this research, it may be able to develop vehicles that can help reduce the effects of motion sickness as suited to each passenger.
The first phase of the research is expected to be completed this month, with the results already being implemented into more research projects.
As Steve Iley, Chief Medical Officer at Jaguar Land Rover noted, the carmaker’s current vehicles are already designed to help combat motion sickness. For instance, the Jaguar E-Pace offers 26 different seat configurations for passengers