Study indicates Google Glass is just as distracting as texting while driving

Study indicates Google Glass is just as distracting as texting while driving
We have shared a number of stories with you about the dangers of distracted driving, particularly when that distraction is your smartphone.

While the jury is still out on how wearables will impact such distractions, a study conducted by the University of Central Florida determined that using Google Glass to text while driving is just as distracting as fumbling around with your smartphone in your hand.

A little over a year ago, AAA conducted a study involving voice-based texting and driving, and found the distractions to be worse that actually just talking with the phone in your hand. The peer-reviewed University study discovered that drivers using Glasswear were just as slow to react to those using the phone in their hands when it came to braking.

However, those wearing Google Glass were able to return to “normal” driving a bit faster than those using phones in their hands following a traffic incident. When the subjects were using Glass, the study also discovered that the drivers tended to follow the cars ahead of them a lot more closely. Coupled with equally delayed braking, the shorter following distance arguably makes conditions a bit worse.

It boils down to those who concentrate on the task of driving, versus those who choose to multitask, the multitaskers are outperformed by those who put down the phone, and in this case, take off the Glass.

source: Ars Technica

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26 Comments

1. engineer-1701d unregistered

bs old people dont count aaa take android ware and send text my hand never leaves whee, less distraction then cop car or hud display, naviation and radio, its proven no changes in accidents since outlaw text and drive , decrease of accidents on highway little more on back roads

17. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

proven? you mean valid test data that has been brought about years of data? Or simply because a law doesnt stop someone from doing it and still getting in that accident? Also they make it a law so that a person who is in an accident that might normally be at fault, is no longer at fault because of the other persons stupidity, making insurance claims that much easier. To point this idea out, last weekend a car cut me off, then proceeded to cut another off. That car ended up needing to stop fast and the car they cut off hit them from behind. Normally the car from behind has an uphill battle in proving fault, because i witnessed the other driver texting, it has now made it easier for the person not at fault to win.

23. bradley8795

Posts: 64; Member since: Nov 19, 2013

Actually YES it was proven, here in California anyways. There was a scientific research study done after outlawing texting and driving, and it showed no correlation with traffic accidents. Now you can't expect everyone to stop texting and driving but if anyone did then accidents should have decreased but they didn't. Source -http://hotair.com/archives/2014/07/25/study-law-banning-cell-phones-while-driving-doesnt-reduce-accident-rate/

2. aba71983

Posts: 807; Member since: Jul 24, 2014

If you use Google Glass, your life will be in danger.

4. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

These stupid comments come natural for you, don't they..

8. aba71983

Posts: 807; Member since: Jul 24, 2014

No, it come from YouTube who tested before. And your stupid if you don't watch those video about the Google Glass. m.youtube.com/watch?v=4_X6EygXa2s

14. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

I know about people getting hurt.. But what about a surgeon wearing glasses to monitor the operation Professionals who enable us to look into their world for a small glimpse of their lives Police officers who could wear them, so they have more proof in court, or just to monitor them for decent behaviour It's the mere shortsightness of your comments that make them stupid.

10. aba71983

Posts: 807; Member since: Jul 24, 2014

Search in youtube the video: Google Glass Sucks by Smosh video.

18. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

A stupid video that doesn't even show how Google Glass really works, who make up facts as they go along and they act like morons, like a normal person would just trip watching a short message on Google Glass. If this is your evidence, it tells me a lot about you.

24. aba71983

Posts: 807; Member since: Jul 24, 2014

You can't accept that is stui to have google glass. They already in the market but than you still convincing your self that its good. Anyway, it's hard to make an argument with gay like you.

25. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Gay like me? I'm not the one half naked on a tech site lol. And I can imagine it's hard for you to make an argument.

6. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Wait.... PUT THOSE FREAKING PANTS ON DUUDE IT'S NOT THAT HOT IN PHILIPPINES PA we don't want to see naked men in here delete the picture.

7. aba71983

Posts: 807; Member since: Jul 24, 2014

Where is naked name? Do you live in Saudi Arabia and your mouth watering.

9. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

I have nooo idea what you're trying to say.

11. aba71983

Posts: 807; Member since: Jul 24, 2014

It because you feel like conservative like in Middle East who don't want to see any part of our body whether he/she. Don't make a fool to your self, LoL. Anyway, Google Glass is Sucks by Smosh channel in Youtube

12. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Ok. I'm not a conservative but also I don't really want to see naked MEN on a tech site lol..

13. aba71983

Posts: 807; Member since: Jul 24, 2014

i don't see bad by posting my own picture into this site and I love my own photo.

15. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Why would you want to spread your naked pictures around the web? At least do it like Jedii. He has pants on. You know, maybe not everyone on this earth loves you as much as you do...

16. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

The only one who is making a fool of himself, is you. But like you said yourself, simple person...

21. xeonfire

Posts: 94; Member since: Feb 15, 2014

+1, not much up there, try not to stereotype, but he made it so freakin easy, how narcissistic can you be right? Anyway Rabel, you are right, Glass can be used effectively in a lot of other situation, driviing is not one of them.

22. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

I doubt Google Glass will take off for average consumers anyway, considering it's price. And I wouldn't like to see them a lot in bars for instance. Don't like to be recorded unknowingly. But I do think there is a specialized market for them.

3. ibenzawla

Posts: 11; Member since: Apr 08, 2014

Or even worse than texting. That said though its tough not to be distracted while driving whether using a gadget or not. Sometimes I just wonder how I came to a stop at a red light because my mind is just out of this world. BTW I don't drink or smoke. Just some random thoughts.

5. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

This outcome doesn't surprise me, you have to turn your eyes away from the road to watch the screen. Makes me wonder if the Skully helmet is equally dangerous to use on the motorcycle. Also smartwatches will be the next thing in dangerous devices in the car, you also have to look away from the road. But it will be more difficult to fine people, it's harder to notice if they are using the smart part of the watch or just check the time. Oh well, time will tell....

19. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

Clearly anything that distracts you is equally bad. Are people spending time and resources to point out the obvious?

20. nathan.carter

Posts: 416; Member since: Aug 11, 2014

So driving a Tesla with google glass is dangerous. well then I want to be dangerous too.

26. lallolu

Posts: 733; Member since: Sep 18, 2012

Oh, what a surprise.

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