SELF-DRIVING CARS MAY GIVE PEOPLE MOTION SICKNESS

Make way, self-driving cars are coming this away. So instead of worrying how they will interrelate with our usual car models of today, or stop signs, seems like we should be more concerned if they come equipped with a “barf” bag.

Michael Sivak and Brandon Schoettle of the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI), conducted a new study predicts  that more people can  become car sick once these innovative driver-less vehicles hit the road.

UMTRI, in their studies,   surveyed 3,200 adults from around the world like Japan, China, U.K. and the United States.   People were inquired what activities they would likely do in a driver-less car, like reading, talking on the phone and  playing games

More than 1/3  of Americans will do things that increase the incidence of motion sickness, the study said. 50% Indians, 40 % Chinese and 26-30 % of adults in Japan,  Australia and the UK will engage in alike activities as well.

Some might suffer extreme bouts of motion sickness if they are prone to motion sickness in our modern car models of today.

UMTRI researchers Michael Sivak said in an UMTRI press release, “Motion sickness is expected to be more of an issue in self-driving vehicles than in conventional vehicles. By switching from driver to passenger, by definition, one gives up control over the direction of motion, and there are no remedies for this.”

So how can we prevent throwing up in a self-driving car?  By simply closing  your eyes during a car ride or even taking a nap. Researchers have also recommended talking to your friend on a smartphone and watching the road to distract your mind.

“The frequency and severity of motion sickness is influenced by the activity that one would be involved in instead of driving,” Sivak said.

 

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