As self-driving cars become a more tangible reality for the future of road travel, their ability to let riders do something other than pay attention to the road is one of the main draws. But one detail might have been slightly overlooked on this front and that’s the factor of motion sickness, a new study says.
Anyone who has been a passenger on a road trip and has tried to read while riding has probably experienced some level of queasiness.
Researchers at the University of Michigan’s Transportation Research Institute surveyed more than 3,200 adults from six countries, including the U.S., about the types of activities they would do instead of driving in an autonomous car. More than a third said they would do things like read, text, watch movies, play games and work, a news release about the study stated.
Only 6-12 percent of Americans, and similar percentages from other countries, would experience moderate to severe motion sickness as a result in a self-driving car, but the researchers still say it’s something that should be considered by manufacturers.