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Is the 2014 Buick Enclave Vomit-Proof?

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On: Wed, Apr 30, 2014 at 2:19PM | By: Karen Cook

Is the 2014 Buick Enclave Vomit-Proof?

I get car sick. It’s worse in the back seat and is triggered mostly by reading while the car is moving. This is a problem since usually my husband drives and I am expected to navigate to previously unvisited destinations. I was so happy when GPS navigation arrived. Now he can listen to a pleasant and relaxed voice giving him directions instead of my nauseous and frustrated voice just telling him where to go.

While I can avoid doing things which make me ill while on a trip, it’s not so easy for younger passengers in the back seat. Luckily, the engineers in GM’s Human Factors Group understand. Recently the company had a Take Your Child to Work Day and it occurred to the engineers working on the 2014 Buick Enclave that they had a perfect test group on the premises. More than 75 children of various ages were asked to participate in testing routine things like seat belts and buckles; they also helped with the final positioning of the rear DVD screen.

By installing it on a movable track they allowed the children to put it where the viewing angle was most comfortable. According to the Group’s manager, Don Shreves, “We know through other scientific research that even if our eyes are focused on a fixed point—if we can see the outside passing by in the window—our brain is telling us we are moving. But if our eyes are at a downward angle and do not see the view outside the vehicle, our bodies become sensitive to motion and increase the chance of sickness.” The Mayo Clinic confirms this conclusion saying that the “child’s inner ear will sense motion but his or her eyes and joints will not.” This produces the common symptoms of motion sickness which include dizziness, cold sweat, fatigue, nausea, and vomiting. (If you aren’t prone to motion sickness, consider yourself blessed. It really is awful and can ruin a trip.)

Thanks to these obliging children, GM has found the “sweet spot” to keep the DVD screen out of “the puke zone”.


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