VW’s solution is better than a barf bag, but testing continues on the perfect solution to a messy problem.
One-third of all people are highly susceptible to motion sickness, according to the National Institutes of Health.
It tends to get worse when that susceptible person is a passenger instead of a driver, which will be the case more often as self-driving cars and semi-autonomous driving features enter the mainstream.
Volkswagen is testing solutions to carsickness in self-driving cars that involve such features as red and green LED lights and movable seats.
Forget the technical and safety challenges facing self-driving cars’ march toward the mainstream: good old-fashioned carsickness is coming up as a worthy consideration for automakers designing autonomous vehicles. Volkswagen has announced that it has set scientists in Wolfsburg, Germany, on the task of studying motion sickness in autonomous cars and developing anti-puke solutions (our term, not VW’s).