Motion sickness affects over 70% of people and little has been known about the causes and how to mitigate them, according to the wellness technology research department of Jaguar Land Rover.
As such, Jaguar Land Rover has created a method to generate the wellness score of each passenger where the data collected can be used to personalise a vehicle’s driving data and cabin setting to reduce the effects of car sickness by up to 60%.
Over 15,000 miles of motion sickness data have been collected to create a specific driving style for self-driving vehicles, minimising the need for steering corrections thus reducing the risk of motion sickness while passengers work or relax.
The ‘wellness score’ calculates how prone drivers and passengers are to car sickness, using biometric sensors that record physiological signals. Combining this with motion and dynamics data, the vehicle can tell when a passenger or driver is becoming car sick even before they do.
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 Jaguar E-Pace for example, is one of Jaguar Land Rover’s vehicles today that’s designed to help reduce feelings of nausea.
It has 26 different seat configurations for passengers to find the optimal, eye-level position in accordance with the infotainment display, as well as turn on the cooling seat function. Both have been proven to significantly reduced 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.