US: autonomous cars could have surprising ill effect image

Believe it or not, but according to a recent study the world’s upcoming autonomous vehicles might come with a surprising issue – they could have roller-coaster effect for some passengers.

The latest automotive research report issued by the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute expects that between 6 and 12 percent of passengers taking a ride in a self-driving automated car might experience motion sickness. The technological perspective surrounding the driverless vehicles is more than upbeat – with most of the automakers implicated in the race and even giant technology companies, such as Google, contributing to the development effort. But, while the autonomous vehicles are actively trying to take the human factor out of the equation, the latter seems unwilling to let go. And the study that has projected that 6 to 12 percent of American adults could experience moderate to severe motion sickness while in a driverless vehicle is just an example. “By switching from driver to passenger, by definition, one gives up control over the direction of motion, and there are no remedies for this,” commented report authors Michael Sivak and Brandon Schoettle.

While many bullish analysts, such as Morgan Stanley’s Adam Jonas are already forecasting a “Minority Report” or “I, Robot” society where autonomous cars are the new transportation norm, there are basic human issues to be taken into consideration. The future, however, looks determined to embrace the autonomous approach – mostly seen as an inevitable step that would completely reshape the automotive industry and even our society.