Many manufacturers are working on autonomous driving systems, Tesla in the lead obviously, without forgetting Google, Huawei or General Motors. The American manufacturer is already thinking about the well-being of passengers, as evidenced by this patent relating to a system to fight against motion sickness.
For now, 100% autonomous cars are still far from a reality, and it will probably be several years before we see operational models. Nevertheless, some industry players are confident, such as Elon Musk who assures that 100% autonomous cars will be available on the roads by 2023.
In view of the progress that remains to be made on Autopilot and FSD, Tesla’s fully autonomous driving technology, we say to ourselves that this will still be a broken promise from the billionaire. It should however be remembered that the American brand is not the only one working on autonomous driving.
Just like Tesla with its self-driving taxis, General Motors is also planning to launch an autonomous electric shuttle. Called Cruise Origin, this minibus can accommodate up to six people and according to the manufacturer, it will have a range of 1.6 million kilometres. As of this writing, GM’s self-driving technology is being tested on the streets of San Francisco via a fleet of modified Chevrolet Bolts.
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No vomit in General Motors self-driving cars
Pending a possible launch of Cruise Origin, GM continues to work on many aspects of autonomous driving. Passenger comfort is one of the manufacturer’s priorities. As evidenced by a patent recently filed by the brand, GM is currently working on a system for limit passenger motion sickness in self-driving cars.
As you may know, motion sickness is manifested by nausea, dizziness or vomiting. It is caused by the contrast between the movement registered by the eyes, and the immobility of the body perceived by the internal ear. To avoid this phenomenon, General Motors has therefore sought to minimize this opposition andbetween the information provided by the eyes and that given by the vestibule (note: the organ of balance located in the inner ear).
To do this, the manufacturer has developed a system of lights and images emitted in the passenger compartment which are used to materialize the forces of acceleration, braking or cornering. Sounds also used as well as haptic feedback, 3D vibrations if you prefer.
We have no more details on this technology and given that it is a simple patent, nothing says that GM includes such a system in its next autonomous vehicles. But it is quite possible that it will be used within the Cruise Origin, which will embark passengers who will be rear facing. A position that can promote the onset of motion sickness.
Source: Motor Authority