Programmed to reduce the impact of motion sickness in autonomous cars, JLR autonomous vehicles will manage acceleration and braking to avoid inducing nausea
Jaguar Land Rover is adding programming to reduce the effects of motion sickness in autonomous vehicles. The new pioneering software will be able to provide a refined and comfortable ride to its occupants. As much as a ‘wellness score’ of 60 percent was achieved during the first phase of the project. Experts at Jaguar Land Rover’s specialist software engineering facility in Shannon have now implemented that score into self-driving software. Motion sickness, which affects more than 70 percent of people*, is often caused when the eyes observe information different from that sensed by the inner ear, skin or body – commonly when reading on long journeys in a vehicle. Using the new system, acceleration, braking, and lane positioning – all contributory factors to motion sickness – can be optimised to avoid inducing nausea in passengers.
As a result of the project, engineers are now able to develop more refined advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) features on future Jaguar and Land Rover models, such as adaptive cruise control and lane monitoring systems. The in-depth knowledge is helping Jaguar Land Rover design and manufacture capable and advanced vehicles, both now and in the future. This software combines 20 000 real-world and virtually-simulated test miles to calculate a set of parameters for driving dynamics to be rated against. Advanced machine learning then ensures the car can optimise its driving style based on data gathered from every mile driven by the autonomous fleet.
This technology can then be used to teach each Jaguar and Land Rover vehicle how to drive autonomously while maintaining the individual characteristics of each model, whether that’s the thoroughbred performance of a Jaguar or the legendary capability of a Land Rover. Dr Steve Iley, Jaguar Land Rover Chief Medical Officer mentions “Mobility is rapidly changing, and we will need to harness the power of self-driving vehicles to achieve our goal of zero accidents and zero congestion. Solving the problem of motion sickness in driverless cars is the key to unlocking the huge potential of this technology for passengers, who will be able to use the travelling time for reading, working, or relaxing”.