Google Trying to Prevent Anti-Glass Driving LawAdded: Tuesday, March 11th, 2014
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The tech giant is seen lobbying officials in 3 or more states, trying to stop proposed restrictions on driving with Google Glass.
At least 8 US states with a total population of 39 million people are currently considering legislation restricting the use of Google Glass behind the wheel. The legislators are concerned that wearing the devices while driving will make people pay more attention to their email than the road, and this could cause accidents.
In the meantime, industry experts admit that so-called wearables like Google Glass, smart watches and sophisticated health devices may become the next huge shift in technology, just like smartphones evolved from PCs. Google is still testing its Glass and currently charges $1,500 per pair.
The tech giant has hired lobbyists to persuade elected officials in several states that it isn’t necessary to restrict use of the device behind the wheel. The representatives of legislators in other states admit they haven’t yet been contacted by Google. In the meantime, courts are starting to consider the matter. For example, a woman’s traffic ticket for wearing Google Glass behind the wheel was dismissed recently due to the lack of proof that the device was operating during driving.
Google insists that regulation is premature, at least because Google Glass isn’t yet widely available. When asked about its lobbying efforts, the company said that tech issues are a big part of current policy discussions in the US states. Google was scheduling Glass demonstrations across the country trying to educate the public on how the technology works.
However, campaigns against distracted driving have gained considerable traction in the US. According to the statistics, over 3,000 people died in car crashes in 2012 because of texting or other activities. So far, it is known that no states have passed Google Glass restrictions. A Google representative was seen lobbying against the bill by forwarding a news article about the San Diego court case to show that the courts are taking a dim view towards prosecutions.
Google officially advised people engaged in Glass field tests to abide by state legislation that limits use of mobile devices while driving.
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Tuesday, March 11th, 2014
|....The tech giant is seen lobbying officials in 3 or more states.... sadly Skynet will win because they have all the money.|
|Google please save us from those lawmakers!! What's a few highway deaths compared to your need for billions of more dollars!! We love you Google!|
|posted by (2014-03-12 03:13:34)|
|I don't see how driving with your Google Glass on would be any more dangerous than women driving while putting on their make-up. (Or women driving period.....)|
|posted by (2014-03-12 10:26:43)|
|if you do business of billions hire a driver or if like to drive then hire a secretory .|
if its a few emails or tweets or facebook then stop the car and do all u wanna do.
@sirseedalot : a few deaths on highway ? that can be you dead . not really funny right
|Google Trying to Prevent Anti-Glass Driving Law? Oh no! NOT GOOD.....|
|posted by (2014-03-15 19:48:02)|
|I am an old-fashioned firm believer that a license to Drive is a PRIVILEGE, not a "Right".|
Any licensed driver who obstructs other people's right to Life and Safety
on the road should have his/her license revoked Indefinitely.
I say Indefinitely, because I'd rather that you loose your Privilege to drive than me loosing a limb or my life in a car crash caused by an irresponsible driver.
You're licensed to DRIVE... Not play with stupid gadgets in your car! So, what makes anyone think they have a 'right' to wear an eye-gadget while driving?
And DON'T say it could be a "possible medical breakthrough" for blind people and people of weak vision, I can already smell that fake BS excuse from here.
|posted by (2014-03-16 09:58:38)|
|@3 or you trying to be funny.|
|posted by (2014-03-16 10:03:45)|
|@4 Lighten up.In the meantime look up the definition of SARCASM. Better yet let me do it for you.|
noun: sarcasm; plural noun: sarcasms
the use of irony to mock or convey contempt.
"his voice, hardened by sarcasm, could not hide his resentment"
synonyms: derision, mockery, ridicule, scorn, sneering, scoffing;
And when one has a sense of humor and understands the meaning and intention of the use of Sarcasm, then the comment made is hillariously funny.
|I would like to think any regulation of the safety of using any kind of device while driving would be based on as comprehensive and unbiased testing as possible. The decision shouldn't rest on Google's lobbying or any uninformed snap decision.|
If it can be proved that wearing Glass has no effect on concentration while driving, then I don't see why it shouldn't be legal. After all, sat-navs and car radios haven't been banned. If there's any doubt, though, given the number of road accidents there are nowadays, it would be prudent to err on the side of caution.
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