App for Google Glass keeps you awake behind the wheel

App for Google Glass keeps you awake behind the wheel
You might remember Cecilia Abadie. She was the Google Glass wearer who was ticketed by a policeman for wearing her connected shades while driving. There is a law in most states that prevents a driver from looking at a television monitor while behind the wheel, although we should point out that Ms, Abadie was speeding, which is why she was pulled over in the first place.

Obviously, lawmakers are concerned that driving while wearing Google Glass is distracting to the driver. After all, it is hard to keep your eyes on the road when you're watching a YouTube video on Glass while you're driving. But this doesn't mean that Google Glass can't save a driver's life. Take DriveSafe. This is a new app for Google Glass that uses the internal sensors inside the specs to determine if you've fallen asleep while driving.

Right now, because DriveSafe is not available from the Google MyGlass app, it has to be sideloaded. It is well worth doing. You start up the program by saying "Ok Google, keep me awake". From that moment on, if the app senses that you are falling asleep, there is an audio and visual alert that is designed to be jarring in order to wake you. The app can even give you directions to the next rest stop where you can, well, rest.

Considering that a 2010 AAA report showed that 41% of the drivers in the U.S. admitted to have fallen asleep while behind the wheel, DriveSafe could be the perfect solution. That is as long as the Police don't keep writing you tickets for wearing Google Glass.

source: DriveSafe via GigaOM



1. xtplnet

Posts: 61; Member since: Mar 03, 2012

wearing Google Glass during driving is itself dengerous.

4. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

So as talking/texting on phone kills more people than driving drunk

2. zachattack

Posts: 621; Member since: Jul 31, 2013

If this works then this is the only reason i'd ever consider buying this junk. Definitely have drifted off after a hard day at work before, scary stuff mang

3. Sauce unregistered

I don't think this would work for me. Here's a quick true story that happened to me a few months back. I was driving home from my girlfriend's house (30 minutes from mine) on the parkway. 1am, dark, and the only car on the road. I start drifting off but my vehicle continued to keep in a straight line at first. Roughly 8 seconds later, I wake up moments away and roughly 20 feet from ramming a State Trooper in the rear. Luckily I woke up just in time to move back into my lane. Point being, I knew I was falling asleep, and couldn't control myself to stay awake. Blinked slowly a few times and fell asleep. If someone is tired to the point where they can not operate a motor vehicle, they should not drive it (lesson learned). I don't feel like this would work for me, and for whoever else is like me where the car is your cradle. It could certainly help, but the whole ride home I was fighting extremely hard to keep my eyes open. Can only do so much. (Stupid enough not to pull over and take a nap)

5. GeekMovement unregistered

So.. would the top right corner of your sight be covered by all sorts of notifications? cuz I don't see how that is safe at all even though most of the focus is straight ahead on the road.

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