Uber to heal travel sickness with moving seats, air blasts

Published on : Wednesday, November 22, 2017

uberCurrently Uber has started working on a system with an aim to check travel sickness in cars.


This reputed travel booking brand feels that travel sickness is actually preventing people from engaging in other things as they are being ferried to and from destinations.


A patent states that the brand is coming up with a special ‘sensory stimulation system for autonomous vehicles’.


In fact Uber has decided to utilize vibrating and moving seat belts, light bars and screens to stop passengers from feeling really travel sick. This it thinks would help regulate the flow of air targeting the face or other body parts of the traveller. In this patent Uber stated that thanks to the arrival of autonomous vehicle technology the attention of the rider might be focused on alternative activities including reading, writing and task-based activities.


Actually Uber plans to launch a new system that easily stimulates theoccupants as the self-driving car makes turns, accelerates or applies brakes.


For example the car seats could vibrate while breaking or a ‘number of motors that are capable of controlling pitch, rolling in reaction to such turns. Uber proposes that utilizing eight ‘light bars’ that are mounted in the ceiling or doors or screens around the cabin to show the vehicle’s intentions and this would help passengers know when the car is about to accelerate, brake or turn.


Besides this Uber also plans to intelligently use airflow in the cabin to offer passive stimulation.


It says that stimulation would be able to train the sensory responses of  riders to check the tendency of kinetosis on account of uncorrelated vestibular and visual perception.


A recent study that was published in Experimental Brain Research indicated that airflow systems have been effectual at minimizing motion sickness though seat vibration showed no improvement in testing.


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