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Auto Nausea: The Downside Of Self-Driving Cars
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mak63
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4/23/2015 | 1:06:31 PM
Re: Auto Nausea: The Downside Of Self-Driving Cars
@SaneIT

"but I don't understand why moving from one side of the car to the other is going to trigger a higher occurrence of motion sickness"

The report explains why it happens:  "The reason is that the three main factors contributing to motion sickness (conflict  between  vestibular  and  visual  inputs,  inability  to  anticipate  the  direction  of  motion, and  lack  of  control  over  the  direction  of  motion)  are  elevated  in  self-driving  vehicles"


As someone who suffers form motion sickness (in cars mostly), where you're sitting in a car makes a huge difference.

The last two main reasons were an eye opening for me.
SaneIT
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4/13/2015 | 7:48:59 AM
Re: Auto Nausea: The Downside Of Self-Driving Cars
This is what I was trying to figure out, people ride trains, buses, taxis, etc. all without motion sickness, I imagine that there is a portion of the population who do get motion sick on these methods of transportation but I don't understand why moving from one side of the car to the other is going to trigger a higher occurrence of motion sickness.  Maybe the self driving cars are driving incredibly aggressively, but I haven't seen proof of that either every example that I've seen the cars tend to be more cautious. 
danielcawrey
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4/11/2015 | 7:24:49 PM
Re: Auto Nausea: The Downside Of Self-Driving Cars
I don't understand why self-driving cars would cause any more sickness than a regular car. Or any other form of transportation. 

People are going to get motion sickness from being inside moving vehicles. I don't see this as been a impediment to this technology eventually hitting the mainstream. 
Somedude8
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4/11/2015 | 11:17:24 AM
Like riding in the passenger seat
Maybe I am missing something, but how is it different than riding in the passenger seat? Despite what some passengers seem to think, they are not in control of the car either.
Whoopty
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4/10/2015 | 9:54:43 AM
Re: Auto Nausea: The Downside Of Self-Driving Cars
Common sense will prevail I imagine, much like it does on other forms of transport where you aren't in control 100 per cent of the time.

My wife gets travel sick quite often but she knows to amuse herself with talking to people and not looking at screens or reading and if needs be, she takes some tablets and she's fine.

I doubt it will be any more of an issue than any other form of transport and if anything, will be far better with autonomous cars, since we're quite used to be passenger'd about in cars already. 
SaneIT
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4/10/2015 | 8:16:48 AM
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I was reading the article wondering why don't people just look up every now and then?  I see kids riding in the back seats of mini vans watching movies and they don't get motion sick so why should an adult in the front seat be more susceptible?  I know when I'm riding and texting I might get a little shiver of disorientation if the driver makes a move I didn't expect but a quick glance up at the road is enough to reset everything.  I wonder if the people more likely to report the symptoms would avoid a self-driving car because of the short term discomfort of if the convenience of a robot chauffer would be enough for them to work around it.
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4/9/2015 | 4:56:23 PM
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?


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