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Google actively lobbying to thwart distracted driver legislation

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Google actively lobbying to thwart distracted driver legislation
With the era of a commercially available Google Glass (and other Glasswear-like devices) getting closer and closer, there will be a new era of struggle between individuals, public safety, and government intervention.

Google Glass is leading that front, with thousands of developers testing and building products and services around the headsets. Last October, a California woman was cited for driving while wearing Glass. That citation was later overturned in court, but now states must grapple with the line that divides distraction, augmentation and operation.

Google is taking the approach to stop legislation geared toward halting the wearing of Glass. This is understandable since the product is not even commercially available yet. Google has hired some heavy hitters on the political scene to quell the bills that are pending in state legislatures across the country.

There is no doubt that distracted driving is a problem worth confronting, but it is not the epidemic that politicians would like to chime on about when compared to deaths related to say, tobacco. Google advises its developers to abide by the laws when using Glass, and “even when you're following the law, don't hurt yourself or others by failing to pay attention to the road.”

Maryland legislator Benjamin Kramer sees it more simply. Since it is difficult or impossible to really tell if Glass is in use when a driver is pulled over, “the way to get around it is just to prohibit them altogether.” Google disagrees with that notion and has hired lobbyists in at least three states, Illinois, Delaware and Missouri, to stop such proposals.

source: Reuters

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posted on 25 Feb 2014, 16:50 1

1. Hammerfest (Posts: 369; Member since: 12 May 2012)


I have to agree with google here, on the flip side, there needs to be some sort of tech solution in place to prevent Glass from using a program or displaying something that could be considered districating to someone WHILE driving

IE I would LOVE Glass for GPS... FK**IN LOVE... Having to look to the side for my GPS guidence all the time is damned annoying and distracting, a faint overlay, FAN-TAS-TIC!

posted on 25 Feb 2014, 17:08 1

2. Augustine (Posts: 704; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)


Nonsense! If smart mobile devices were that distracting to the driver, its ubiquitous presence from a decade ago would have led to a proportional increase in accidents and traffic deaths. Alas, both statistics have been decreasing.

posted on 25 Feb 2014, 22:12 1

6. Paximos (Posts: 61; Member since: 26 Jul 2012)


You got to be kidding..I guess you don't drive!!

posted on 25 Feb 2014, 18:05

3. papss (unregistered)


What's this google glass that they speak of??
all jokes aside I believe that google announced these WAY too early.. Its been years being talked about.. By the time they come out all mfg will have their version.
safety has to be first here.. Doesn't matter the small amount of possible deaths.. A death is a death regardless.. Maybe a safety measure like it sensing you driving and doesn't allow any data to be displayed on the lens

posted on 25 Feb 2014, 19:31 2

4. FastKatt (Posts: 7; Member since: 22 May 2011)


Since Glass is see-thru... Aren't you always keeping your eyes on the road?
Maybe they need to outlaw having more than 1 child, in the back seats, at a time? Much more distracting... Anyway, I'm pulling for Google here. Kudos

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 05:36

7. papss (unregistered)


Wow... Its called a distraction and its right on your eye when you are driving.. But who cares if you hit and kill someone

posted on 25 Feb 2014, 21:40 1

5. networkdood (Posts: 6267; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


Anything that can be a potential distraction should not be allowed...now if Google can convince governments that Google Glass is a boon to drivers, then it should be allowed...

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 09:53 1

8. Augustine (Posts: 704; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)


As the car radio or the vanity mirror? Why not forbid leaving home forthright?

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 15:15 1

9. Stuntman (Posts: 711; Member since: 01 Aug 2011)


Luxury cars these days have way more destractions built into the car than before. I even saw a commercial where you can access Facebook from the driver's seat in the car.

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