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Using an algorithm to generate a “wellness score,” for each passenger, one company has developed anti-motion sickness technology. According to the manufacturer, the technology automatically personalises the drivers cabin settings, can reduce feeling of nausea by about 60%, even before the driver registers that they are feeling ill. This tech minimises the need for steering corrections mid drive. Given that motion sickness if caused when what we see doesn’t match what is sensed by our inner ear, compensating for these corrections. We are slowly but surely advancing towards a point where driverless cars will be more common.

The occupants of these cars, without having to drive, will have more time to relax, or read, for example. Thus, it is important that motion sickness is minimised when, in effect, all occupants are passengers. This is especially pertinent for children, who are often particularly susceptible.

Using the wellness score and biometric sensors, which record physiological signals, the vehicle should be able to tell when someone is becoming motion sick before they do, and make the necessary corrections to reduce it.

The benefits of such technology is obvious, especially on long drives, when even mild motion sickness can have very unpleasant effects on both drivers and passengers.

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