Jaguar Land Rover Highlights Plans to Reduce In-Car Motion Sickness
If you’ve ever been a passenger on a long car journey, we all know the feeling. Reading a book, playing a handheld game system, or using a cell phone for an extended period of time will, for most of us, cause us to start feeling nauseous. It’s the difference between what we’re seeing and what we’re feeling. This leads to another battle: Should we power through the sickness or deal with the boredom? Jaguar Land Rover is proposing a solution so we don’t have to choose.
Through the use of biometric sensors, Jaguar Land Rover’s example E-PACE SUV will monitor your attention target and temperature in order to determine your level of motion sickness. It then adjusts various settings to prevent nausea. Settings like seating configuration, climate control, seating ventilation, and center console screen height are changed to reduce or prevent nausea from occurring. According to JLR, sitting higher up while looking ahead in a cooler environment reduces motion sickness by a claimed 60%.
The example E-PACE will also adjust its adaptive suspension in real time to increase ride comfort, though a setting like that should be on all the time. Jaguar Land Rover’s research into this system is very much in its early stages, having completed only 15,000 miles worth of data so far. There’s no date announced for when these features will be released but at least there’s hope for bored and motion sick passengers in the future.