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Lawmakers ready to put ban on wearing Google Glass while driving

A dive bar in Seattle isn’t alone in its quest to put a pre-emptive ban on Google Glass, even before the wearable Google computer is released to the general public.

Lawmakers in West Virginia have introduced a bill that would ban users from wearing Google Glass while driving.

In an email to tech site CNet, Republican Gary G. Howell said:

“I actually like the idea of the product and I believe it is the future, but last legislature we worked long and hard on a no-texting-and-driving law. It is mostly the young that are the tech-savvy that try new things. They are also our most vulnerable and underskilled drivers. We heard of many crashes caused by texting and driving, most involving our youngest drivers. I see the Google Glass as an extension.”

He went on to say that he didn’t know whether his bill would get the support needed to pass.

While Google has yet to comment on the safety of driving while wearing Google Glass, the promotional video released upon Google Glass’ announcement shows users wearing the device while engaging in activities that would require a lot of concentration, including swinging on the trapeze, flying an airplane and riding a bike through busy traffic.

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Lawmakers ready to put ban on wearing Google Glass while driving

  1. Texting requires you look away from the road — sending a text, especially.

    Sending a message with google glass is voice controlled, and unless you’re doing real-time chat, it’s asynchronous, meaning that it’s even less distracting than a hands-free phone.

    The image itself doesn’t look like it’s any more obstructing than a rear-view mirror. Which is significantly better than any smart-phone device, as they require you look away from the road entirely.

    • It is still a form of distraction however. There is already far too much distracted driving – and who is to say users would restrict use to mesaging? If it can stream video, there will be users who will use it for this while driving.
      The device should be required to store time / use data, so that in the event of a dispute with law enforcement the usage record could be used to determine whether or not an infraction may have occurred.

  2. We can only take so much cognitive load. Tech can take your eyes away from the road and your mind off the road. Not good.

  3. This will all be a moot point when we are all “driving” Google cars…which is to say riding in cars