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The overall aim of this JIP accordingly is to avoid or minimise the occurrence of motion sickness in automated vehicles. The project aims at realising this by explicating the underlying causes of motion sickness in automated vehicles, adopt reliable, sensitive, and valid methods to assess its occurrence, and sketch ways it can be mitigated by adapted (automated) vehicle design and/or other countermeasures.
Vehicle automation increases the chances of experiencing motion sickness, particularly when engaging in display-based activities such as reading. In turn, this may discourage people from using and accepting vehicle automation. Ultimately, this will negate the benefits automation may bring to the individual and society at large.
Adopting an empirical and scientific approach, this joint industry project (JIP, a consortium of industries and research institutes, typically focussing on pre-competitive research questions) will answer outstanding questions concerning the underlying causes for motion sickness in future automated vehicle scenarios. This will provide partners (automotive Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) and suppliers) with a robust basis to develop subsequent proprietary mitigation strategies in the design of future vehicles and user interactions.
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Work Buddy is an android-based app that seeks to support people with learning disabilities to learn and recall new, or infrequently performed tasks, at home, when travelling and in the workplace.
As part of the work of the Future Flight Deck Technologies project, an operational concept is being developed to facilitate pilots flying alone.
Dr. Dale Richards, Senior Research Fellow, Human Factors was recently invited to present at the American Institute of Aerospace and Aeronautics in Dallas.
Mike Bromfield, a Senior Lecturer in Aerospace/Flight Safety Researcher has been awarded a Bronze Award for Best Written Paper in 2014 by the Royal Aeronautical Society.
WheelSense is a portable, easy to use, simple approach to measuring the stability and centre of gravity of wheelchair systems.