Jaguar Land Rover is currently researching how to combat motion sickness

Article by Christian A., on November 5, 2018

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

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FUTURE JAGUAR AND LAND ROVER VEHICLES WILL HELP CURE MOTION SICKNESS

Motion sickness affects over 70% of people. Spencer Salter, wellness technology researcher at Jaguar Land Rover, points out that previously "little has been known about the causes and how to mitigate them".

Now, through its industry-leading motion sickness research, Jaguar Land Rover has created an algorithm that generates a ‘wellness score’ for each passenger. This can be used to automatically personalise a vehicle’s driving and cabin settings to reduce the effects of feeling car sick by up to 60%.

Jaguar Land Rover has already collected 15,000 miles of motion sickness data and tested the effects caused by performing a task while in transit, such as checking emails. This has enabled the creation of a baseline driving style for self-driving vehicles to work towards, minimising the need for steering corrections and therefore the risk of motion sickness while passengers work or relax.

As we move towards an autonomous future where occupants will have more time to either work, read or relax on longer journeys, it's important we develop vehicles that can adapt to reduce the effects of motion sickness in a way that's tailored to each passenger.

SPENCER SALTER
WELLNESS RESEARCH ENGINEER, JAGUAR LAND ROVER
Motion sickness is often caused when the eyes observe information that is different from what is sensed by the inner ear, skin or body forces – commonly when reading.

The ‘wellness score’ calculates how susceptible individual drivers and passengers are to feeling car sick, using biometric sensors that record physiological signals. Combining this with motion and dynamics data, the vehicle will reliably know when a passenger or driver is becoming motion sick – before they do.

This cutting-edge research has created a solution that, with its solid scientific foundation, can make travelling enjoyable, regardless of your susceptibility to motion sickness. As a parent of young children, who are most susceptible to car sickness, I am particularly excited by the benefits this research can have in making long journeys comfortable and stress-free for families.

DR. STEVE ILEY
CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER, JAGUAR LAND ROVER
Jaguar or Land Rover vehicles today are already designed to help combat feelings of nausea. The Jaguar E-PACE, for example, has 26 different seat configurations for passengers to find a position that raises the infotainment screen relative to eye level as well as turn on the cooling seat function. Both factors have been proven to significantly reduce the likelihood of motion sickness. The E-PACE’s Adaptive Dynamics also remove low frequency motion from the road, which can lead to nausea, by altering the ride settings every 10-milliseconds to ensure passengers always experience high levels of comfort.

The first phase of the research completes this month. The findings are already being implemented into further projects across research ensuring Jaguar Land Rover can create the ultimate personalised cabin experience for its customers in future vehicles.

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