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Uber is Trying to Fight Car Sickness in its Robofleet

Uber and Volvo announced Tuesday that they would be working together to assemble the ride-sharing app’s first fleet of self-driving taxis and according to recent patents, Uber’s really thinking this through.

Recognizing that one of the major problems passengers of driverless cars face is car sickness, the ride hailer has patented technology to help combat queasiness.

Uncovered by The Guardian, the patents feature lightbars and screens that alert passengers to the car’s intentions, as well as vibrating, moving seats, and fans that target passengers. These last three features are, apparently, designed to distract passengers rather than inform them, which will hopefully confuse their bodies into feeling better.

Finding a cure for car sickness is actually astute, though, since one of the main advantages of a driverless car is allowing passengers to read or work or whatever and none of that possible for a portion of the population, including yours truly, because boredom is better than feeling ill for a whole day.

If Uber is smart, they could even sell this to carmakers for use in human-driven cars.

Even more interestingly, the scientific word for motion sickness, according to the Uber patent filings, is “kinetosis.” So there’s your word of the day.

[source: The Guardian]

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