General Motors secures patent for anti-motion sickness technology

General Motors has reportedly submitted an application to the United States Patent and Trademark Office stating that even if the autonomous vehicles become highly common, riding in them won’t be the first choice of customers.

The company claims that a self-driving vehicle that arises motion sickness is not likely to leave a remarkable first impression.  

General Motors presented a lighting and image system to graphically present the forces of braking, acceleration, and cornering. This can be in the form of automobile image on screen or shifting light patterns of colours.

The motor giant also stated that haptic feedback or sound system can be of use too to have a similar effect.

According to sources, General Motors claimed that this not just helps match a person’s sensory experience with the forces functioning in their body catering to the issue of motion sickness, but also develops trust by offering more information regarding what the vehicle is doing.

The automobile giant is unsure if the technology will reach to production, but it is still moving forward with autonomous car development.

As per General Motors, motion sickness is generally caused when a passenger gets distracted by things like browsing through phone or reading book. When the customers don’t have to drive themselves, most of the people are expected to perform similar things in automobiles. Getting rid of motion sickness is very important in self-driven vehicles.

Reportedly, General Motors owned Cruise is on the edge of providing autonomous taxi rides to general people in San Francisco.

For the record, Cruise is currently using improvised Chevrolet Bolt Electric Vehicles hatchbacks, but they will eventually evolve to the Origin, a purpose-made car.

The car will be launched soon and manufactured at General Motors Factory Zero unit in Detroit.   

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