UBER has comes with an to idea to deal with the motion sickness issue that some people face during the ride, It works with self-driving autos — possibly freeing up travelers to multitask while a computer does the driving a car. According to Molly Nix, customer experience design business lead at UBER’s Advanced Technologies Group, much of the design considering around cars in the past has been about the power of the drivers, as opposed to the traveler experience. That’s something that UBER desires to be always a design leader in, as more and more rides are taken in self-driving cars. “In general whenever we think about UBER as a product, the magic is that it offers you your time and effort back again,” Nix said.
How does it operate: The car would use data from its self-driving “eyes” to make a “sensory stimulation system” that syncs up your sight and ears. That could be finished with controllable seating that move and vibrate with the car, bursts of air, or by using a display or “light club” within the car to create visual stimulation such as an augmented reality live stream of the surrounding environment.
It helps because like seasickness, nausea in the car can happen when your eyes sense the environment as still, while your inner ear senses the twists and of the car ride, developing a sensory discord, a professor told Scientific American. For individual with sensitive stomachs, that can mean buses and traveler seating are productivity-sapping reading-free zones.
“With the development of autonomous vehicle (AV) technology, rider attention may be centered on solution activities, such as work, socializing, reading, writing, task-based activities (e.g., organization, bill payment, online shopping, gameplay), and so on,” the patent says. To be sure, most patents are never commercially produced or even critically analyzed internally. But it’s one of these of a security precaution, to provide passengers to get ready for a sudden braking event or collision, the patent said.
That’s important because more People in the USA are worried about self-driving vehicles than are enthusiastic, matching to a survey published previous month by the Pew Research Center. Nix said that as a firm that’s already centered on traveler experience, UBER is making an investment increasingly more resources into steps to make riders more comfortable in autonomous vehicles — even with an idea like multi-tasking.
Nix compares self-driving vehicles to elevators — which for quite some time were run by elevator operators due to “Tower of Terror”-dread that riders would get caught or would not be able to control a machine, which was taking them possibly hundreds of foot in the air.
But design features like light-up switches and arrows, standardized across most elevators, now give riders the needed transparency to understand where the machine is taking them. That is why UBER is focusing on monitors that will show motorists what the automobile “sees” and invite riders to reroute their drive as they might with a human being at the wheel.
Nix said it is important that riders have the ability to engage or disengage with the monitors around they’d want to — perhaps less after a night of drinking alcohol but more when you wish to move over a crowded block. “Often when riders first enter [a self-driving car], these are stunned and about 5 minutes later they forget and it becomes a boring car ride, it becomes every day,” Nix said. “That’s our goal; we don’t want someone to have to take into account this stuff. It will just be normal and you can just forget about it, check Facebook on your phone ….Something that people can connect to and feel just like they already know.”