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App developer says Google Glass makes him a better driver

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App developer says Google Glass makes him a better driver
The U.K.'s Department for Transport is expected to make driving while wearing Google Glass against the law. Similar to the fine imposed on drivers using a cellphone while operating a car, those wearing the connected specs while behind the wheel could get socked with a fine as high as £90 ($138 USD). Despite this, one Glass developer says that wearing the device has made him a better driver.

Sahas Katta, creator of the GlassTesla app for the Tesla Model S EV, says that by wearing Google Glass while driving, he no longer is distracted by reaching for his cellphone. And when it comes to navigation, Katta says that nothing beats the AR specs. "With navigation, it’s the best technology I’ve used to date – there’s no in-car, mounted or smartphone navigation system that can beat the experience of having Glass so far," says the developer. He notes that with navigation, Glass will remind you to make a turn that's a mile away and then shuts down before reminding you again a tenth of a mile from the turn. Distractions are minimal.

"Google Glass is at a stage where it’s still somewhat your responsibility. If you’re trying to load up some web pages while driving, that’s probably not a great idea, but it’s still possible. But with navigation, it’s the best technology I’ve used to date – there’s no in-car, mounted or smartphone navigation system that can beat the experience of having Glass so far."-Sahas Katta, Google Glass developer

Katta also repeated a rumor he heard that the device has an eye-tracking sensor that has yet to be used. His theory is that in the future, Google Glass will determine if you've fallen asleep while behind the wheel and wake you up. And Google Glass could also monitor how long you stare at its screen and turn off the device to force your attention back on the road if it determines you're staring at the Glass screen for too long.

A couple of states in the U.S. are considering banning Google Glass for drivers although there are no plans right this second for any action to be taken by the federal government. Certainly the U.S. Department of Transportation has been monitoring the situation. With more widespread distribution of the device expected before the end of the year, any bans or other restrictions probably won't be put into place until next year when Google Glass use becomes more widespread.



source: Stuff.TV via TechRadar

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posted on 04 Aug 2013, 04:16 1

1. _Bone_ (Posts: 2061; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


Always thought navigation is the most notable thing on glass.

posted on 04 Aug 2013, 13:54

17. mafiaprinc3 (Posts: 269; Member since: 07 May 2012)


totally off topic but i love the features of the moto x,but the pricing is way off,what the hell was google and motorola thinking.it aint worth it

posted on 05 Aug 2013, 13:28

21. Os_Money (Posts: 19; Member since: 01 Jul 2013)


why don't you go comment on one of the other 50 moto x posts.

posted on 04 Aug 2013, 05:12 14

2. RogueRequest (Posts: 4; Member since: 17 Jan 2013)


My brother claims that drinking makes him a better driver. He says that he's even more cautious because he doesn't want to get pulled over so he's less likely to kill someone.

posted on 04 Aug 2013, 06:01 2

4. draconic1991 (Posts: 98; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)


touche

posted on 04 Aug 2013, 12:20 1

10. Dr.Phil (Posts: 818; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)


I don't see any harm in that, especially considering there is a difference between "drinking" and "getting drunk". I mean you can drive with a blood alcohol level up to a 0.08. If you're a man that is around 160 lbs, that means you can have 3 servings of alcohol and still be under the legal limit.

posted on 04 Aug 2013, 05:24 1

3. kabhijeet.16 (Posts: 548; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)


"Google Glass could also monitor how long you stare at its screen and turn off the device to force your attention back on the road if it determines you're staring at the Glass screen for too long." Ha haha...Awesome

posted on 04 Aug 2013, 06:19

5. twens (Posts: 445; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)


wat an awesome ride...who knows the name of that car? i want to check it out

posted on 04 Aug 2013, 06:54

6. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 4599; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


Tesla S

posted on 04 Aug 2013, 06:57 1

7. nobelset (Posts: 265; Member since: 17 Oct 2012)


We'll have to see. Maybe in driving schools they should monitor our performance with and without Google glass. Then they can write it down on our licenses. Case by case :-D

posted on 04 Aug 2013, 07:01

8. f1r3z0r (Posts: 78; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)


let me buy the car first and then i root it hahaha

posted on 04 Aug 2013, 09:24 5

9. RaKithAPeiRiZ (Posts: 1223; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)


and suddenly - sorry Brakes.app is not responding .......

posted on 04 Aug 2013, 12:22

11. TheLolGuy (Posts: 469; Member since: 05 Mar 2013)


I get rooting things like phones, but how about not doing anything to a 4k lb metal boulder rolling around at 60mph.

How will these cases be handled if someone crashes into a huge crowd of people because he fiddled with his car's system and disabled something?

posted on 04 Aug 2013, 13:27

16. Shatter (Posts: 1766; Member since: 29 May 2013)


If the software crashed the car would still run fine... They aren't that stupid to make the breaks and gas rely on an app.

posted on 04 Aug 2013, 14:32

18. TheLolGuy (Posts: 469; Member since: 05 Mar 2013)


Of course. Engineers create layers and layers of failsafes that protect eachother when one thing goes down.

However, if you 'root' the system and start fiddling, the whole synergy can break down, and if just a few things start to malfunction, nothing will correct/readjust the system properly.

posted on 04 Aug 2013, 12:26 2

12. networkdood (Posts: 5512; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


In America, people do not need an excuse to be a terrible driver, as most already are.

posted on 04 Aug 2013, 12:39

13. mr.techdude (Posts: 491; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


ASIANS!!!!!!

posted on 04 Aug 2013, 13:24

15. Jklaz (Posts: 119; Member since: 01 Jul 2013)


What about Tokyo Drift

posted on 04 Aug 2013, 12:46

14. kozza3 (Posts: 573; Member since: 17 Oct 2012)


geez that looks huge on his head

posted on 04 Aug 2013, 20:22

19. Birds (Posts: 927; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)


These cute little nerds be doing some impressive stuff... I wonder will Samsung let me design the Galaxy S V and Galaxy note IV? LMAO...

posted on 05 Aug 2013, 02:32

20. Edmund (Posts: 645; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)


LMFAO... Distraction after distraction after distraction. I really hope they ban these from being used while in control of a motor vehicle

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