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Google Glass ban on drivers sought by West Virginia lawmaker

0. phoneArena 24 Mar 2013, 16:59 posted on

Gary G. Howell, sitting in the West Virginia Legislature, is seeking a ban on the use of Google Glass by drivers, comparing the danger to those drivers who send and read text messages while driving; the law would set a $100 fine on the first offense with repeat offenders getting fined $100 for each time they were caught driving while wearing the device...

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posted on 25 Mar 2013, 16:38

70. Timmehor (Posts: 599; Member since: 09 Mar 2013)


Apparently the Glass is set for a more broader release at the end of this year, maybe even early next year. But yes, i agree there is a money factor! But IT IS a safety concern. Capitalism, if you are going to do something, better make some $$$ out of it.

posted on 24 Mar 2013, 17:19 3

5. lyndon420 (Posts: 4738; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


What's next...ban passengers? They're a lot more distracting whereas GoogleGlass is centered around the idea of you looking forward, and controls are gesture and voice based. This ban will not be in place for long, unless they are going to ban all vehicles that use navigation devices (ones that take your eyes off the road).

posted on 24 Mar 2013, 17:26 3

7. lyndon420 (Posts: 4738; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


I'd be ok if they banned kids from vehicles. Distracting little heathen's.

posted on 24 Mar 2013, 17:28 2

8. 3SM.. (unregistered)


And sadly I currently live in West Virginia.

posted on 24 Mar 2013, 19:47 1

25. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)


Feel your pain bro.

posted on 24 Mar 2013, 18:05 2

13. shamataa (Posts: 223; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)


Why ban this when it isn't even out yet. At least for a while. It's still in process in looks and how it work or what it even does it does not make sense to me.

posted on 24 Mar 2013, 18:05 2

14. sleepyjohnny (Posts: 151; Member since: 16 Dec 2009)


hmm. I don't see why it should be banned. It's hands free. And it's not like it projects information directly in front of you so. You have to want to look at it. You just can't keep a driver from getting distracted that way because there are an infinite number of things a driver can get distracted on. Changing the car radio, volume, looking at someone pick their nose, looking at the odometer, etc. Google glass is the equivalent to a very high tech blue tooth with visual capability.

If it were made illegal, how would the law be enforced? Looking at someone going 60 miles an hour, I would barely see any silver band by their eyebrows. Let's just ban glasses all together. It's ridiculous.

posted on 24 Mar 2013, 18:22 5

15. 3SM.. (unregistered)


Texting and use of cell phones are still a second offense in WV, so Google Glasses should fall in this category (not fully sure); so not a lot of people will get pulled over unless they're doing something in the first offense . And besides, it's West Virginia; we're poor as fu*k. I will unlikely see a West Virginian wearing Google Glass unless they won the Power Ball. Lol.

posted on 24 Mar 2013, 21:55 2

38. tedkord (Posts: 12868; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


That's how it always starts. They will all be primary offenses before long. Seat belts were started as a secondary offense in my state (NJ) to help silence public outcry. Once it passed, they quickly moved to primary offense.

Why? Revenue. Don't be fooled for a second that is about public safety. It's about revenue.

posted on 25 Mar 2013, 07:53

64. sleepyjohnny (Posts: 151; Member since: 16 Dec 2009)


well that's only because you actually have the phone in hand, but this thing is on your head, like any pair of glasses. It's used by speaking to it. How's it so different from using services like OnStar?

posted on 24 Mar 2013, 18:44 1

17. iphonehulk (banned) (Posts: 3; Member since: 24 Mar 2013)


no ban

posted on 24 Mar 2013, 18:59

18. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1345; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)


Smart watches will be next.

posted on 24 Mar 2013, 19:46 1

23. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)


He's a irepublican idiot. how the hell u ban a product that's not even BEEN RELEASE YET nor have a price tag? and I'm sure he's being PAID somehow trying too ben a GREAT PRODUCT LIKE GLASS. And how is this a distraction. first of all its on ur face u don't use ur hands too text or dial just talk too it like u using a BLUE TOOTH head set. this guy is just plain damn dumb if u ask me

posted on 24 Mar 2013, 20:17 2

29. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 15445; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


It's nothing like using a bluetooth headset

posted on 24 Mar 2013, 23:47 3

56. Kal-el (Posts: 93; Member since: 14 Dec 2012)


yeah it's better....>___

posted on 24 Mar 2013, 20:49 3

30. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


I am not a big fan of any distraction to drivers no matter what. It's not just one person's life at stake ... more often than not it's always more than one. Good if it is banned during driving. Released or not released doesn't make a difference. What needs to be restricted needs to be restricted.

posted on 24 Mar 2013, 22:01 1

39. microsoftnokiawin (Posts: 1201; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


common sense/10

posted on 24 Mar 2013, 22:02 1

40. Timmehor (Posts: 599; Member since: 09 Mar 2013)


Now this guy knows what he is talking about, its a distraction and is prone to causing danger. Full stop!

posted on 24 Mar 2013, 20:58 1

31. Bozzor (Posts: 184; Member since: 02 May 2012)


I am involved in a start-up venture where we are experimenting with doing away with instrument clusters in the dashboard and having all driver relevant information and augmented reality displayed both onto the windshield and via glasses. Whilst there are some interesting and unexpected things occurring, the fact is that the ability to display relevant information directly into the driver's field of view whilst the driver is looking onto the wider world is a great contributor to road safety. However, the key issue boils down to WHAT information is displayed. A video conference call would be a horrendous distraction, but a sensor fusion of radar, IR and other data advising the driver of possible upcoming obstacles or changed road conditions - which would be visually impossible to confirm without these systems - would without question save lives on the road.

It is simply a matter of WHAT information is displayed.

posted on 24 Mar 2013, 21:40 2

35. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


"It is simply a matter of WHAT information is displayed."

Agree, it is one of my points that I was trying to explain.

But what about physical distraction, for example you are driving at night ant trying to see all objects in the low light, that's mean your eyes are focusing for a low light conditions, but at the same time Google Glass are emitting light directly into your eye's peripheral vision, I think that would be a total mess...

posted on 24 Mar 2013, 22:05

41. Bozzor (Posts: 184; Member since: 02 May 2012)


The balance between what goes onto the glasses and what is augmented onto the screen is part of what is known as 'sensor display fusion'. You take into account all information that is available, define what is needed and then present it in an integrated way that reduces risks of distraction and increases complete situational awareness.

posted on 24 Mar 2013, 21:16

33. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


They shouldn't ban it, the Glass didn't even release yet. Poor West Virginia drivers..... :(

posted on 24 Mar 2013, 22:19 3

43. Timmehor (Posts: 599; Member since: 09 Mar 2013)


OH NO! Less drivers risking other people and their lives! How horrible!

posted on 24 Mar 2013, 22:29 1

46. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


But the Glass is safe, and can prevent accidents. Why? Because many drivers love to text while driving, with the Glass, you only need to say a command, you don't even need to touch it.

posted on 24 Mar 2013, 23:16 2

50. Timmehor (Posts: 599; Member since: 09 Mar 2013)


Do you even know what Google Glass is?! It's something you wear that displays a screen in you FACE! That would be very distracting keeping your eyes off the road which can cause accidents, it also cuts out an area of your FOV.

posted on 24 Mar 2013, 23:30 2

51. RaKithAPeiRiZ (Posts: 1488; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)


well how many of the people can do that without losing distraction ? a Ninja or a college professor can but the general public is not so capable of multitasking , there have been many accidents just by sat nav or even using a bluetooth headset , and if you have a accident , the airbag will surely push all that gadgetry up your face

posted on 25 Mar 2013, 01:19 1

60. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


Stanford researchers found that attention and memory suffer in those who juggle work, email, and web-surfing, compared to those who focus on one task at a time. Other studies suggest employees actually lose time when multitasking.

posted on 24 Mar 2013, 23:55 3

58. Timmehor (Posts: 599; Member since: 09 Mar 2013)


Lol, probably the Google Glass will hurt more then the car crash itself!

posted on 24 Mar 2013, 23:59 1

59. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Oh, I didn't even think about that, sorry about that. Silly me! :(

( I agree with you guys )

posted on 24 Mar 2013, 22:22 2

44. MrJerry (Posts: 403; Member since: 05 Oct 2012)


I like Google and the concept of the Glasses
but I think it should be banned while driving...and it is also better for Google itself eventually
They could get sued if someone died by using Glasses while driving

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