Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Proactively, the U.K. makes moves to ban behind-the-wheel Google Glass use

Proactively banned months ago from a Seattle dive bar, Google Glass is about to be banned again, but this time on a countrywide basis, it was reported on Wednesday.

There's no official announcement yet, but the report said that the U.K.'s Department for Transport (DfT) is already considering action to ensure that Google Glass doesn't cloud the vision of drivers.

A DfT spokesperson told Stuff:
We are aware of the impending rollout of Google Glass and are in discussion with the Police to ensure that individuals do not use this technology while driving. It is important that drivers give their full attention to the road when they are behind the wheel and do not behave in a way that stops them from observing what is happening on the road.

A range of offences and penalties already exist to tackle those drivers who do not pay proper attention to the road including careless driving which will become a fixed penalty offence later this year.

A driver using Google Glass would be likely to incur the same penalty as using a mobile phone while driving. That would be the £60 fixed penalty notice (which amounts to $91.10 at the time of this writing, a rather modest fine), along with three points on their driver's license.

A Google spokesperson responded with the following statement:
We are thinking very carefully about how we design Glass because new technology always raises new issues. Our Glass Explorer program, currently only launched in the US, reaches people from all walks of life and will ensure that our users become active participants in shaping the future of this technology.
While there is no U.S. federal law in place that would ban Google Glass, legislators in both Delaware and West Virginia have already introduced bills that would ban drivers from using wearing computing technologies while behind the wheel.

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