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Future Ford Vehicles Could Feature Motion Sickness Detection

Ford Motor Company has filed a patent for a motion sickness detection feature that may be used in future Ford vehicles, Ford Authority has learned.

The patent was filed on September 29th, 2020, published on March 19th, 2024, and assigned serial number 11931520.

Ford Patent Motion Sickness Detection Feature

The Ford Authority Take

Ford has been busy filing patents aimed at detecting and preventing medical conditions from occurring in its future vehicles as of late, with a list that includes ideas for a Chionophobia intervention system and an anti-motion sickness system, to name just a couple. This new patent keeps that trend going with a new idea of this type – this time, for a motion sickness detection feature that may be used in future Ford vehicles – but it’s a little different than the previously-filed anti-motion sickness system-related patent.

Ford Patent Motion Sickness Detection Feature

The older patent contains an idea for a method for preventing motion sickness that involves a system capable of determining the alignment of a vehicle occupant’s face. This would allow the system to change the content displayed on a screen inside the vehicle to match the orientation of the occupant’s face, which could prevent motion sickness from happening.

Ford Patent Motion Sickness Detection FeatureOn the flip side, this new patent aims only to detect the tendency of a vehicle occupant to get motion sickness by using a rod and frame test, which is a method that involves a frame with a rod in it that appears on a wall or another surface in a dark room, both of which are sitting crooked. The person taking the test sits on a chair that’s on an incline and equipped with its own footboard, after which they attempt to bring the rod to the floor in a vertical position. According to Ford, around 45 percent of the population suffers from motion sickness – usually passengers in a vehicle – and this is just another proven way to test for it so that mitigation services can be implemented.

We’ll have more on this and all Ford patents soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for the latest Ford patent news, Ford business news, and non-stop Ford news coverage.

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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