Combating motion sickness in autonomous-driving simulators

sae internationalMotion sickness has become a very real issue for engineers developing and testing autonomous vehicle technologies. Automotive simulators can reach such high levels of realism that they may cause their 'drivers' to experience motion sickness similar to that in a real car. Overcoming the issue is vital for ensuring that autonomous vehicle passengers don't suffer the same 'stop the car, I've got to get out' nausea.

Phil Morse, Technical Liaison Manager of Ansible Motion, a U.K.-based simulator specialist, cites a recent University of Michigan study which concluded that in some situations, up to 31% of adults are likely to experience significant discomfort in an autonomous car.

“Other studies predict even higher percentages," Morse noted. "One, by the University of Coventry [U.K.], refers to motion sickness in automated cars as being ‘the elephant in the room.’”

The problem starts with occupants take their eyes off the road. Causes of car-sickness include reading and texting, laptop computer use, watching videos and gaming—each a plausible scenario for occupants (including the “driver”) during an autonomous car journey.

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Founded in 2009, Ansible Motion creates and deploys technology associated with the physical and logical simulation of human-experienced vehicles. We offer a range of automotive Driver-in-the-Loop (DIL) simulators featuring advanced computational and mechanical performance capabilities, and industry-unique motion and immersion solutions that create compelling virtual worlds for drivers and product development engineers.

Ansible Motion DIL simulators are used by automotive and research organisations around the globe to place real people into direct contact with imagined vehicles, on-board systems and situations. Our DIL simulators are designed, built and developed at our factory and R&D Centre in Hethel, England.

In 2022 we were acquired by AB Dynamics plc (