App developer says Google Glass makes him a better driver

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.

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



1. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

Always thought navigation is the most notable thing on glass.

17. mafiaprinc3

Posts: 585; Member since: May 07, 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 aint worth it

21. Os_Money

Posts: 20; Member since: Jul 01, 2013

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

2. RogueRequest

Posts: 4; Member since: Jan 17, 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.

4. draconic1991

Posts: 200; Member since: Apr 27, 2012


10. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2488; Member since: Feb 14, 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.

3. kabhijeet.16

Posts: 894; Member since: Dec 05, 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

5. twens

Posts: 1184; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

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

6. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Tesla S

7. nobelset

Posts: 270; Member since: Oct 17, 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

8. f1r3z0r

Posts: 92; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

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

9. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

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

11. TheLolGuy

Posts: 483; Member since: Mar 05, 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?

16. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 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.

18. TheLolGuy

Posts: 483; Member since: Mar 05, 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.

12. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

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

13. mr.techdude

Posts: 571; Member since: Nov 19, 2012


15. Jklaz

Posts: 159; Member since: Jul 01, 2013

What about Tokyo Drift

14. kozza3

Posts: 778; Member since: Oct 17, 2012

geez that looks huge on his head

19. Birds

Posts: 1172; Member since: Nov 21, 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...

20. Edmund

Posts: 656; Member since: Jul 13, 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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