Automotive technology just keeps on advancing by the minute. Autonomous driving technologies, for example, have already come a long way since their inception. These days, carmakers are well past the development phase and are already at the point where they can simply focus on improving and refining such features further.
And that’s exactly what Jaguar Land Rover is doing at the moment. What the British carmaker is currently working on is pioneering software that will result in better overall ride comfort in its autonomous vehicles. Specifically, JLR is aiming at reducing motion sickness, a phenomenon that, according to studies, affects more than 70% of people.
JLR hopes to achieve this by changing the way its autonomous vehicles drive. It began the project by crafting a personalized ‘wellness score’ that has now been implemented into its self-driving software. This score serves as the benchmark that will enable autonomous vehicles to reduce motion sickness impact by up to 60%.
This score will help teach JLR’s autonomous vehicles to drive better by practicing smooth cornering, gradual acceleration, and gentle braking. To better visualize this, you can check out the short clip below:
“Mobility is rapidly changing, and we will need to harness the power of self-driving vehicles to achieve our goal of zero accidents and zero congestion,” said JLR chief medical officer Dr. Steve Iley. “Solving the problem of motion sickness in driverless cars is the key to unlocking the huge potential of this technology for passengers, who will be able to use the travelling time for reading, working.”
This new project will also allow JLR’s engineers to improve the safety and driver-assist features on Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles such as adaptive cruise control and the lane-monitoring system. Along with the previously revealed Project Vector, this initiative coincides with JLR’s Destination Zero vision aimed at building safer and more environment-friendly vehicles in the future.