Google Pressures Washington to Stop Introducing Bills Banning Glass While Driving - HotHardware
Google Pressures Washington to Stop Introducing Bills Banning Glass While Driving

Google Pressures Washington to Stop Introducing Bills Banning Glass While Driving

Should drivers be allowed to wear Google Glass while operating a motor vehicle? That's one of the questions politicians face as a growing number of states seek to pass legislation that would make it illegal to wear Google's head-mounted display while driving. Proponents of such bills claim that wearables like Google Glass can be distractions and could lead to accidents.

According to Reuters, no less than eight states are considering regulation of Google Glass, and this figures to be a hot topic for months to come. Legislatures in three other states -- New York, Maryland, and West Virginia -- have already introduced similar bills.

Google Glass Car
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Meanwhile, Google is fighting what it considers the good fight by lobbying officials in at least three U.S. states to nix proposed restrictions that would ban drivers from wearing devices like Glass while commuting in their cars. One of Google's arguments is that such legislation is premature since Glass isn't even widely available yet.

"We think it is important to be a part of those discussions," Google said in a statement about its lobbying efforts.

Back in October of last year, a California woman was issued a citation for wearing Glass while driving. She was initially pulled over for speeding, though the officer cited her for "Driving w/ monitor visible to driver (Google Glass)." She fought the ticket and won her case because there wasn't enough evidence to prove she had Google Glass turned on at the time.
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As I understand it, you can get them with prescription lenses. I'd rather people drive while wearing Google Glass (turned off) than drive without what might be the only pair of glasses they have with them.

That said. If there's an accident and the glasses log shows they were in use, throw the book at them.

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I can't WAIT until Glass is banned in California while driving, prescription lenses or not.

3vi1; I don't see a prescription pair of Glass being the only pair of glasses someone owns who is required to wear glasses while driving. I don't see anyone opting to solely own a prescription lens Glass that they intend to wear everywhere, driving, work, school, restaurants etc etc. If you know Glass while driving is illegal then you will make other arrangements to have a normal pair to drive with. It's only common sense. Why are the only choices to wear Glass or no prescription glasses at all? The current law states if you need glasses to drive then you must wear glasses and that isn't going to change.

Google Glass should be 100% banned from being worn while operating a vehicle on public roads UNLESS Google can somehow code Glass to completely shut off once you're behind the wheel and the car begins to move.

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Glass should be banned completely on the grounds that EVERYONE who sticks the stupid things on their face immediately becomes a supercilious, arrogant, douchebag glasshole!

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you cant watch a movie while driving so... no

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