It's not difficult to find a good story about car nausea.
That's my primary conclusion from an informal survey of the Automotive News staff on the condition. Not surprising since, currently, motion sickness affects only a small percentage of the population. That might change, however, as self-driving cars come closer to being on the roads.
"The increase in motion sickness is definitely a risk" in self-driving cars said Han Hendriks, Chief Technical Officer at Yanfeng Automotive Interiors. "Motion sickness is a bigger topic than it has been in the past 100 years."
Nausea happens when you take your eyes off the road to focus on another activity. In these situations, your mind may think you’re stationary but your body’s balance system knows you’re shooting forward at 60 miles per hour. In the era of the autonomous car, this problem might be exacerbated by more and more people choosing to participate in activities other than driving on their daily commute.
Yanfeng is one of several companies currently researching design cures for motion sickness. Potential solutions span from virtual horizons displayed in the car to controlling the amount of vibration the car endures.
But the simplest solution? Just keep your eyes on the road. Listen to the latest Futurismo Byte above, or click here to learn how to subscribe.