Google Glass ban on drivers sought by West Virginia lawmaker

Google Glass ban on drivers sought by West Virginia lawmaker
West Virginia lawmaker Gary G. Howell, a Republican sitting on the West Virginia Legislature, is leading the charge for a law in the state that would ban the use of Google Glass by drivers. Howell likens the use of the device by those behind the wheel to those who send and receive text messages while driving. Those caught using Google Glass while driving a vehicle would face a $100 fine for the first offense. Each additional offense would see the fine rise by another $100. For example, if you're tempting fate and get caught for the fifth time, that will lighten your wallet by $500. Add that to the $1,500 cost of Google Glass, and it starts to run up to some real money!

Howell wants it to be known that he is not against the device and sees it as the future. But he sees wearing it and driving a danger to many of the state's teens. He said that with the dangers inherent with texting and driving, he sees Google Glass as an "extension" of this and if his bill doesn't become law, he at hopes it leads to bills filed by other legislatures. Howell's proposed bill would add head-mounted displays to cellphones and other electronic devices that are currently prohibited from use while driving in the state.

Last month, a small bar in Seattle made national headlines. The 5 Points Cafe, located near Amazon and apparently a hangout for Amazon employees, banned Google Glass for privacy reasons saying that Glass wearers can snap pictures and take video of bar patrons without their permission.

Howell's proposed bill is H.B. 3057 and can be viewed in its entirety by clicking on the sourcelink. But not while you're driving.


source: WestVirginiaLegislature via TechCrunch

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56 Comments

1. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

I think that I agree with that ban.

3. Gdrye

Posts: 111; Member since: Jan 02, 2012

you would have to tell me the difference between this and an on screen navigation that are in newer cars (navigation actually shows on the glass of the car) and also hands free texting which is what this will also be..the law needs to be consistant.

9. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

1. Differently from windshield projection, Google Glass will directly distract and limit drivers peripheral vision which is very important when driving. 2. Differently from Google Glass windshield projection provides information only strictly related with driving, that's mean there is no specific visual information which could distract or in any other way affect drivers atention.

19. Gdrye

Posts: 111; Member since: Jan 02, 2012

1. blueblockers that old people wear are far more distracting on the blind spot than these will ever be. if your talking about the physical look of these things. 2. "drive mode" well known through out the cell industry, i believe these can do the same. sure speak your station you want to listen to, and look at your turn by turn directions in front of you, two things you can presently do as of right now. but turning off all the other updates that will distract you, but even an incoming call answered hands free can be done now...i see your point, but i see ways around that. which i figure someone at google thought of

27. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

1. I agree that BluBlocker sunglasses may worsen your vision, but it is not the same as Google Glass! Remember that peripheral vision is very sensitive for a light and even more sensitive when around is low light conditions and it is actually a problem because Google Glass are emitting light directly into your eye's peripheral vision! 2. And who will control that you'r using "Drive Mode" while driving? Noone! But distraction by information content is only one problem, as i have mentioned before, there is much bigger problem with physical distraction.

28. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

I will tell you one trick from army! ;) If you are trying to see something at night in the dark places try this trick: Close your eyes for a minute or few then open your eyes and try to look around but try to concentrate more on periferal view than to central view. It works!

4. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

I find that there is no point in 1. Banning a product that is yet to go out 2. Banning a product witch has a mechanism that we have yet to examine and see how intrusive it could be to the driver. 3. Banning a whole product instead of the distractive feature This could simply be the same as charging someone money for using his phone as a GPS while driving, if there is a feature. Google glass augment reality could help users get in the correct lane for an exit when driving Translate street sings into information Keep the driver alert about his speed Warn a user that is getting too close to another car

10. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

1. I agree, it looks a bit strange. 2. I agree with that, it also looks a bit strange. 3. There is no need to talk about any features because Google Glass are based on peripheral vision and that's mean it is already distracting.

16. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

People who have used said is comfortable and not so distracting, anyways will have to see how the final product turn out in order to have a final word about this

21. Timmehor

Posts: 599; Member since: Mar 09, 2013

You think? people wearing/using Google Glass whilst driving is very dangerous and can easily cause fatal accidents!

47. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

agree , most humans are not capable of multitasking ,people who use these things are usually brilliant minds who can pay attention , but when it comes to the general public , the mentality changes , there are lots of cases where people drove their cars into the sea just by following the Sat-nav , so they should make the google glass have some car mode where it stops working or it syncs with the car so you won't miss any calls

26. tedkord

Posts: 17365; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

I don't disagree with the ban, but make no mistake about it - this is about generating revenue. This politician has no concern about safety, he's seeing dollar signs. Same reason talking on a cellphone is ticketable. Its not unsafe, it's a common behavior they can monetize.

42. Timmehor

Posts: 599; Member since: Mar 09, 2013

True, but it is a safety concern.

45. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

Dude, its obviously not about safety, how can a senator who is not in possession of a final unit decide out of what he sees on a demo video? There are no details regarding the fact that Google could have already taking precautions for drivers? So are they going to make me pay if I use Google glass to drive to my destination?

49. Timmehor

Posts: 599; Member since: Mar 09, 2013

How about you use a GPS? Something this is less distracting, more safer for drivers? i don't think you understand that this is a safety hazard that can easily distract you from the road, much more than a GPS.

62. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

I think you don't get it, is not about the ban or not, is about the timing, why not wait for the final product? Or have you already tested it? You are so aware of it's possible threat

2. MartianMe unregistered

There's something really fishy going on with all of these bans against google glass...

11. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

I agree, it looks a bit strange, too much attention from various judicial and similar instances for a product which is even not released yet.

20. Gdrye

Posts: 111; Member since: Jan 02, 2012

dont blame apple, i hate hearing "its apples fault" on every post, leave them out of this and lets talk about the product...this is something that could have came out in year 2050, there is a lot of caution and i understand this..if these take off like the smart phone we are entering a whole new world.

24. Timmehor

Posts: 599; Member since: Mar 09, 2013

Finally someone who makes sense and doesn't have to bash Apple stupidly for every little single thing that happens, even though Apple has nothing to do with it and is far from it. I think people use Apple as an excuse (sometimes) to release butthurt and frustration on.

48. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

people who seek to ban these are afraid of the big brother type senario this will cause , or they read "1984" too much

8. 3SM.. unregistered

And sadly I currently live in West Virginia.

25. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Feel your pain bro.

13. shamataa

Posts: 257; Member since: Dec 07, 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.

14. sleepyjohnny

Posts: 151; Member since: Dec 16, 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.

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.

38. tedkord

Posts: 17365; Member since: Jun 17, 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.

64. sleepyjohnny

Posts: 151; Member since: Dec 16, 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?

17. iphonehulk

Posts: 3; Member since: Mar 24, 2013

no ban

18. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 2011

Smart watches will be next.

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