Uber patents tech to combat car sickness in driverless vehicles

Many people experience sickness in vehicles when they are passengers, but not while they are driving themselves. This poses a specific barrier to the widespread adoption of driverless cars, if a significant proportion of the world’s passengers are likely to feel ill when being driven around by a machine. Riders feel sick when their vestibular system, which senses movement, is out of sync with what their eyes are seeing. “With the advent of autonomous vehicle (AV) technology, rider attention may be focused on alternative activities, such as work, socialising, reading, writing, task-based activities (e.g., organisation, bill payments, online shopping, gameplay), and the like,” the patent outlined.