Can electric cars make you sick?
I have a problem with motion sickness. It’s weird because I’ll be fine for a while and then all of a sudden if I’m looking at my phone for too long my stomach feels all queasy. Can self-driving cars and electric cars make you sick?
Marlee John · Answered on Mar 11, 2022
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
Sorry to hear that—motion sickness is the worst! The quick acceleration and braking in electric cars may exacerbate motion sickness for passengers.
The technology of electric cars is advanced in and many of the components are different. EVs are known for quick accelerations and quick braking. While this is good for the driver and is a feature for those who like going 0 to 60 in less than five seconds, it’s not always great for the passengers.
A recent article by Greentech Media states that “12% of Americans will likely experience severe nausea while riding in a fully autonomous vehicle”. Motion sickness is caused by a mismatch in signals for our brain. Without getting too scientific when our eyes tell our brains one thing and our balance senses something different, it triggers a response.
Self-driving cars make it worse because we are not in control of the motion, and therefore can’t predict what the motion will be. Think about a toy car. The quick stopping and starting and sharp turns may be great for professional race-car drivers, or agile driving, but may not be best suited for a road trip.
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