My Garage
New hero

Apple's innovative solution to tackle travel sickness

By Mathilda Bartholomew | May 16, 2024


Why not leave a comment?

See all | Add a comment

The latest iOS update in September, will include a 'Vehicle Motion Cues' feature to help users overcome motion sickness

Apple's innovative solution to tackle travel sickness

It's obvious that using your smartphone while driving is a bad idea, but your passengers might be feeling queasy as they scroll through their devices during the trip.

According to Apple's research, motion sickness often happens when what you see doesn't match what you feel. This sensory mismatch between your eyes and your body can cause discomfort.

Reports suggest that electric vehicles can worsen car sickness because they lack clear speed cues and have abrupt braking.

Apple's investigation into car sickness led to a new iOS feature called Vehicle Motion Cues. 

“With Vehicle Motion Cues, animated dots on the edges of the screen represent changes in vehicle motion to help reduce sensory conflict without interfering with the main content,” says Apple. “Using sensors built into iPhone and iPad, Vehicle Motion Cues recognises when a user is in a moving vehicle and responds accordingly. The feature can be set to show automatically on iPhone, or can be turned on and off in Control Centre.”

Vehicle Motion Cues will debut with iOS 18 in September, alongside an updated CarPlay version that prioritises voice control to keep drivers focused on the road.

It's nice to see Apple tackling these issues, but it's ironic that smartphones contribute to the problem they're trying to solve. The simplest solution? Turn off your phone and concentrate on driving.

Related Articles

Here’s what the big four political parties are saying to motorists
The main political parties all have a number of pledges when it comes to motoring and transport
Jun 24, 2024
Lib Dems pledge £300m annually to tackle UK's pothole problem
In their announcement, the party called the current pothole repair strategy a "postcode lottery," where some councils take up to 18 months...
Jun 21, 2024
UK drivers face Europe's third highest fuel prices
New data has revealed how much it costs to fuel a car in the UK compared to other countries in Europe
Jun 20, 2024
2024 Election: What each party's motoring policies mean for you
Here's what the top parties are pitching to drivers, with a glimpse into their stance on cars and driving.
Jun 18, 2024