EXPECTATIONS are high, among those boosting the idea of self-driving cars, that people will do other things, such as reading, working on a laptop or having a nap, when riding in such a vehicle. But for many that is unlikely.
Apart from those who have no intention of getting into an autonomous car, which currently amounts to some 23% of Americans, another 36% would be willing to ride but would not take their eyes off the road, according to a study published in 2014 by the University of Michigan. Some of those people will be looking out of the window because it helps to avoid nausea, dizziness and vomiting, particularly if they are among the 5-10% of the population who regularly experience the unpleasant symptoms of motion sickness.
Help is at hand. The authors of the Michigan study have been awarded a patent.