Motion Sickness in Automated Vehicles: The Elephant in the Room

  • Cyriel DielsEmail author
  • Jelte E. Bos
  • Katharina Hottelart
  • Patrice Reilhac
Part of the Lecture Notes in Mobility book series (LNMOB)


Automation disuse and associated loss of automation benefits may occur if users of automated vehicles experience motion sickness. Compared to conventional vehicles, motion sickness will be of greater concern due to the absence of vehicle control and the anticipated engagement in non-driving tasks. Furthermore, future users are expected to be less tolerant to the occurrence of motion sickness in automated vehicles compared to other means of transport. The risk of motion sickness may be manageable if we understand underlying causes and design our vehicles and driver-vehicle interactions appropriately. Guided by three fundamental principles, an initial set of design considerations are provided reflecting the incorporation of basic perceptual mechanisms.


Vehicle automation Design Displays Motion sickness Carsickness Sensory conflict Anticipation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Cyriel Diels
    • 1
    Email author
  • Jelte E. Bos
    • 2
  • Katharina Hottelart
    • 3
  • Patrice Reilhac
    • 3
  1. 1.Centre for Mobility and TransportCoventry UniversityCoventryUK
  2. 2.TNO Perceptual and Cognitive Systems, Soesterberg and Behavioural and Movement SciencesVrije Universiteit AmsterdamSoesterbergThe Netherlands
  3. 3.Valeo Schalter und Sensoren GmbHBietigheim-BissingenGermany

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