Are You Sitting Comfortably? How Current Self-driving Car Concepts Overlook Motion Sickness, and the Impact It Has on Comfort and Productivity

Joseph Smyth, Paul Jennings, Stewart Birrell

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Abstract

A proposed benefit of self-driving cars is that of increased comfort and productivity of the occupants. Self-driving vehicle concepts and published research show the desire for engagement in non-driving related tasks while traveling in such vehicles. Based on survey results and financial productivity estimations, it is likely that completing work activities within such vehicles will be desirable, even expected. These predictions, along with current concepts for self-driving vehicles, fail to consider motion sickness. This paper explores why motion sickness is likely to be a factor in these vehicles, and explicit implications with a range of in-car non-driving related activities is discussed. Through a critique of current concepts, a contrast between that which is advertised, and what may be possible is highlighted and discussed. The importance for inclusivity in future self-driving vehicles considering demographic differences in motion sickness susceptibility is highlighted, and design recommendations for future self-driving vehicles are made.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Human Factors of Transportation - Proceedings of the AHFE 2019 International Conference on Human Factors in Transportation
EditorsNeville Stanton
PublisherSpringer-Verlag London Ltd
Pages387-399
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-20503-4
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-20502-7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2020
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameAdvances in Intelligent Systems and Computing
Volume964
ISSN (Print)2194-5357
ISSN (Electronic)2194-5365

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Keywords

  • Autonomous vehicles
  • Comfort
  • Human factors
  • Motion sickness
  • Productivity
  • Self-driving

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Computer Science(all)

Cite this

Smyth, J., Jennings, P., & Birrell, S. (2020). Are You Sitting Comfortably? How Current Self-driving Car Concepts Overlook Motion Sickness, and the Impact It Has on Comfort and Productivity. In N. Stanton (Ed.), Advances in Human Factors of Transportation - Proceedings of the AHFE 2019 International Conference on Human Factors in Transportation (pp. 387-399). (Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing; Vol. 964). Springer-Verlag London Ltd. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-20503-4_36