Motion sickness. Or car sickness. Call it in the doctor’s way or in your own way, but it’s always a bad, ugly and infinite moment. Nausea, vomiting, dizziness, pallor, cold sweating, anxiety, yawning, increased salivation … A disorder affecting over 70 percent of the population. The malaise is generated by the conflict between the stimuli of sight and those of hearing. Frequent on the car, it can manifest itself on the ship. It is mainly children who suffer from it, experts say, between the ages of 2 and 12.

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The Jaguar-Land Rover study
The Jaguar-Land Rover study

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What to do? There is no shortage of remedies: from bracelets (simple and electronic) to ginger (stops nausea, but for those who do not like spicy there are candies), from chewingum to tablets (both in pharmacies), from essential oils to patches, up to glasses. But even the auto manufacturers themselves are working to resolve the problem.

Jaguar / Land Rover is developing an anti-car sickness software intended for future self-driving vehicles. The first tests indicate a 60% reduction in motion sickness. The software is the result of data collection from 20 thousand miles traveled by car and, in practice, adapts the behavior of the car in order to neutralize the causes triggering the disturbance.

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The malaise is felt, above all, when reading while traveling by car. The English manufacturer’s software intervenes on acceleration, braking and position in the lane, all factors that contribute to the onset of the crisis. , said: “ Mobility is rapidly changing, so we will have to exploit the full potential of self-driving vehicles to achieve the goal of zero accident and zero congestion traffic – explains Dr. Steve Iley, head of the medical team at Jaguar Land Rover -. Solving the problem of motion sickness in cars is important to unlock the enormous potential of autonomous driving, designed precisely to allow passengers to use the travel time to read, work or relax.

August 6, 2020 (change August 6, 2020 | 12:08)

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