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Why we may get 'sick' of driverless cars

Published 15/04/2015 | 02:30

Queasy feeling: Google's self-driving Toyota Prius
Queasy feeling: Google's self-driving Toyota Prius

Be careful what you wish for: driverless cars could sicken you. That's the prediction of experts in a new study.

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They claim travel sickness could be a major problem in future automated or driverless cars.

The new University of Michigan study forecasts a 27.8pc rise in those suffering from nausea, vomiting and dizziness when travelling in cars that are effectively 'driven' by computers.

Their prediction is based on assessments of those travelling in cars who got that queasy feeling.

We all have memories of children, especially, getting car sick and having to stop on roadsides.

The study on driverless cars was conducted by Dr Michael Sivak and Brandon Schoettle at the university's transportation research centre.

It explains how and why we get car sick.

Technically it is called motion sickness - or kinetosis. It usually arises when our brains receive different signals from our eyes and balance system.

Not being able to anticipate or control changes in speed and direction of movement is also a factor.

When you drive you have control and can anticipate.

When you don't, as in an automated car, you stand a higher risk of getting sick, they say.

Any remedies for car sickness? ecunningham@independent.ie

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