Re: Auto Nausea: The Downside Of Self-Driving Cars
Without reading the whole report, the core idea itself seems to employ some specuous reasoning; not that I think it's incorrect, but can we really call asking people what they'll do and then inferring that it will cause motion sickness because it does on, say, boats, a 'report'? It seems almost more like an opinion piece, or just an article. That said, it brings up an idea that's, in itself, worth considering. It also reminds of all the smaller, unforseen pitfalls and kinks we have yet to consider about self-driving cars that are being overshadowed by the big security/safety ones everyone keeps harping on. The extra info and references you've added pull into perspective what role this technology will have in our future, Thomas. We're not talking about 'if', we're talking about 'when'.
I went down a rabbit hole with the attached Oculus Rift article, and they explain in some detail how the human eye-brain relation works to cause motion (or in that case, non-motion) sickness. Oculus has a configuration utility that they highly recommend users running the first time they use an Oculus Rift, to avoid sickness, that maps the device to the user's specific head shape and tendencies. Seems like self-driving car and related tech manufacturers could draw some lessons from that. It's funny to note that people reported much less motion sickness for airplanes vs boats - but that was also in 2000 vs 1988. The boat study also mentioned people who took motion sickness pills had higher incidence of motion sickness - I wonder how much of both of those is linked to public perception and a sort of 'placebo effect'. Will the negative effects of self-driving cars diminish as we become more used to them?