Uber is working to cut back the impact of automobile illness, particularly felt in self-driving automobiles, in accordance with a brand new patent revealed earlier this 12 months.
The patent introduces Uber’s “Sensory Stimulation System,” one thing we may see applied in autonomous automobiles sooner or later.
The system goals to work by synchronising what you see and really feel.
Usually, the sensation of nausea occurs when your eyes see one thing totally different to what your mind perceives. For instance, happening a curler coaster typically results in nausea since you’re sitting down and never transferring, however your eyes are taking a 360 diploma flip.
What Uber needs is to create a system to trick your physique into motion that resembles what your eyes see.
Extra air and moveable seats
One facet of the system depends on moveable seats. In line with Uber’s patent, the seats “can embrace haptic performance” and motors that may transfer the seat, and in doing so trick the mind.
The second half depends on a pressurised airflow system that may goal particular elements of the rider’s physique.
Lastly, Uber is contemplating introducing a “gentle bar,” seen inside the cabin, which might emit lights at totally different colors and brightness settings to imitate a path change.
However are these measures prone to cut back air illness?
Effectively, sure and no. In line with a examine by scientific journal Experiment Mind Analysis, publicity to airflow is proven to considerably cut back movement illness. Seat vibration nonetheless, was proven by the examine to have little influence in lowering movement illness.
Uber’s actually attempting to excellent the driverless expertise.
And the patent, focused at autonomous automobiles, is smart by way of Uber’s path.
Autonomous automobiles, at current, might drive in a barely extra jerky means in contrast with human drivers, since their precedence is security. Frequent braking might elevate the sensation of automobile illness in delicate riders.
Earlier on Monday, Uber introduced that it was planning to purchase as much as 24,000 self-driving automobiles from Volvo. This implies you might see a flood of Uber-owned driverless automobiles filling up your streets inside the subsequent few years.
There isn’t any telling whether or not these patents will really be commercialised and put into motion — most are unlikely to ever see the sunshine of day. However what it does present is that Uber’s actually attempting to excellent the driverless expertise.