Global consultancy company that specialises in transport, Ricardo has developed technology to avoid motion sickness in autonomous vehicles.
Ricardo states that, widespread public expectation is that autonomous vehicles will offer comfort levels approaching those of a living room environment. To add to this expected comfort, Ricardo is developing new technology to minimize the risks of motion sickness.
The new anti-motion sickness technology will also promise benefits for conventionally-driven vehicles.
According to Ricardo connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs) are providing passengers with the option to read from a screen, watch a film or hold a conversation whilst in motion while seated in a car. All of these actions can be trigger factors for kinetosis, also known as motion sickness.
Ricardo believes that technological solutions to solve motion sickness will likely be crucial for consumer acceptance of CAVs.
For autonomous vehicles, algorithms could be used with the real-time adaptation of multiple sensory aspects of the cabin environment. This would control the temperature, lighting and scent as well as influencing the discretionary path taken in manoeuvres like cornering, stopping, starting and overtaking.
Tests have already been carried out using adult volunteers to help calibrate the kinetosis algorithms. However further data is needed for 4 to 18 year olds, who Ricardo believe are the cohort most likely to benefit from this technology.
As well being important in the development of autonomous vehicle control systems, the data obtained will also be extremely valuable in validating the kinetosis algorithms for application in new vehicle design.