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09/04/2015 08:46 BST | Updated 09/04/2015 08:59 BST

Self-Driving Cars Could Give You Motion Sickness And Make You Vomit

Google's Chris Urmson (R) shows a Google self-driving car to U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx (L) and Google Chairman Eric Schmidt (C) at the Google headquarters on February 2, 2015 in Mountain View, California.
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Google's Chris Urmson (R) shows a Google self-driving car to U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx (L) and Google Chairman Eric Schmidt (C) at the Google headquarters on February 2, 2015 in Mountain View, California.

Be careful in your first ride of your brand new luxury self-driving Mercedes or Tesla - you don't want to spew chunks over the leather interior.

Scientists at the University of Michigan's Transportation Research Institute have found up to 12% of people could experience moderate to severe motion sickness in self-driving vehicles, meaning one-tenth of people who splash out on an expensive new automated automobile might end up splashing out their lunch on the seats.

The reason passengers get car sick - but the driver doesn't - is because your eyes don't match up with what your body is feeling. This means anyone watching the road at all times will probably be fine, but might not be able to watch TV or read in your self-driving car without getting queasy.

Which is fine, because most people say they would watch the road anyway:


No word on what "Other" means, but we've got a few guesses.

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