British car maker Jaguar Land Rover has developed new software to train autonomous cars to drive better to prevent passengers from getting motion sickness while traveling.
The country’s largest auto maker has developed a driverless technology rating system – called a ‘wellness score’ – that designers claim can reduce the impact of motion sickness by up to 60 percent.
If successful, it means that the brand’s autonomous technology will not steer, accelerate or brake erratically – leaving the insides of vehicles fallow.
Self-driving cars won’t make you sick: Jaguar Land Rover says it has developed software that coaches autonomous vehicles to drive smoother
JLR bosses said the development of the software will enable the brand to continue to provide customers with ‘the most refined and comfortable ride possible’.
The technology was created at the UK’s specialized software engineering hub in Shannon, Ireland.
It was developed by collecting 20,000 real-world and virtually simulated test miles to calculate a range of driving dynamics parameters to be assessed.
Advanced machine learning allows driverless car software to use this data to optimize how vehicles move in a way that does not upset passengers.
Motion sickness, which affects more than 70 percent of people, according to research, is often caused when the eyes perceive information other than that perceived by the inner ear, skin, or body.
This is why it is often caused by reading vehicle journeys.
Using the new system, acceleration, braking and lane positioning – all contributing factors to motion sickness – can be optimized to avoid passenger nausea.
An assessment system, which JLR calls a ‘wellness score’, coaches autonomous technology about good and bad driving behavior in motion sickness. In this case, the software tells the driverless vehicle that the green curve is better for passengers than the red one
The rating system looks at everything from brakes to cornering and – in this case – acceleration. The smoother driving behavior, the better the score
With the help of advanced machine learning, autonomous cars can drive as smoothly as a human
The software can already be used in current JLR models to coach adaptive cruise control and lane monitoring systems
And the software developed by JLR will be introduced into the range of cars well before autonomous vehicles hit our roads.
Engineers can use the software to develop more sophisticated advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) features on future Jaguar and Land Rover models, such as adaptive cruise control and lane monitoring systems.
In the long run, the British automaker says the technology will help him partially achieve his Destination Zero goal for the future – the pursuit of zero emissions, zero accidents and zero congestion.
Jaguar Land Rover is at the forefront of the UK’s drive to go autonomous and has been testing self-driving features on the road since 2018
The new software will be able to adapt the driving settings to the vehicle, meaning that a luxury SUV can be smooth, while a performance-oriented car will be slightly more aggressive when accelerating and cornering
JLR says the technology will partially help her achieve her Destination Zero goal for the future – the goal of having zero emissions, zero accidents and zero congestion
Dr. Steve Iley, JLR’s chief medical officer, said, “Mobility is changing fast and we will have to harness the power of self-driving vehicles to achieve our goal of zero accidents and congestion.
“Solving the problem of motion sickness in self-driving cars is key to unlocking the enormous potential of this technology for passengers who can use the travel time to read, work or relax.”
The software can be adapted to the individual characteristics of different models in the range of the vehicle manufacturer.
For example, a powerful Jaguar sedan can be adjusted to feel sportier, while Land Rover models can be fine-tuned to feel smooth and refined.
The technology not only adjusts how an autonomous vehicle drives, but also how it can adjust the cab settings to also reduce the impact of motion sickness – including adjusting the temperature settings and – if the model has it – massage function.
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