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, Volume 120, Issue 7–8, pp 68–75 | Cite as

Minimizing of Kinetosis during Autonomous Driving

  • Philipp Hedrich
  • Erik Lenz
  • Peter Frank Pelz
Research Automated Driving

Experts believe that autonomous driving is the key technology for our future transport system. A major advantage of this technology is that the passengers can perform other activities while driving. However, studies have shown that the incidence of kinetosis (motion sickness) is significantly higher in autonomous driving than in conventional vehicles. An active air spring was developed at the Technische Universität Darmstadt to improve active suspension comfort and driving safety.

1 Motivation

Self-driving vehicles are either inexpensive utility vehicles with low driving comfort or vehicles that serve as rolling offices or living rooms and have to fulfil high comfort requirements. To meet these requirements, controlled active spring-damper systems are ideally suited for decoupling the chassis from road excitation. Since 2008, Technische Universität Darmstadt has been developing an active air spring as part of the Collaborative Research Center 805 “Control of Uncertainties in...



The authors would like to thank the German Research Foundation (DFG) for funding this research within the Collaborative Research Center (SFB) 805 “Control of Uncertainties in Load-Carrying Structures in Mechanical Engineering.” Furthermore, the authors especially would like to thank the project cooperation partner Vibracoustic.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Philipp Hedrich
    • 1
  • Erik Lenz
    • 1
  • Peter Frank Pelz
    • 1
  1. 1.Technische Universität DarmstadtDarmstadtGermany

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