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Google Lobbies Against Distracted Driving Legislation

Google Argues Against Distracted Driving Laws Aimed to Prevent Using Google Glass in Vehicles

distracted drivingGoogle has sent lobbyists to at least three states to talk to legislators about proposed distracted driving legislation that would ban drivers from using Google Glass.

At least eight states are currently considering regulations on use of Google Glass, especially while operating a vehicle. The glasses, which fall into a new category of “wearable” technology along with smart watches and health monitoring devices, feature a computer screen in one corner of the glasses that allows the wearer to access apps and the internet while simultaneously moving through the real world.

“I’m not against Google or Google Glass. It may have a place in society,” said Delaware state Rep. Joseph Miro, a Republican. “My issue is that while you are driving, you should have nothing that is going to impede the concentration of the driver.”

Law enforcement and other groups have expressed concern that drivers will check their email and social media rather than pay attention to the road. Distracted driving from talking on cell phones or texting while driving is already a huge problem and regular cause of accidents, and many states have passed, or are considering, texting and driving bans to prevent such extreme distraction. In 2012, 3,000 people died in accidents caused by distracted driving from texting, checking social media, or sending emails.

After local governments across the state have passed texting and driving legislation, South Carolina state legislators are considering a state-wide ban on texting and driving. Currently the state is one of the last southern states to adopt such legislation.

Google has sent lobbyists to Illinois, Delaware, and Missouri, to discuss distracted driving and wearable technology. Currently, the glasses sell for $1,500 a pair, and are not yet mainstream technology, unlike smart watched and fitness tech. Google’s lobbyists claim that it is too early to restrict the new technology, because no one really knows how distracting it can be.

“While Glass is currently in the hands of a small group of Explorers,” the company said, “we find that when people try it for themselves they better understand the underlying principle that it’s not meant to distract but rather connect people more with the world around them.” Google is scheduling Glass demonstrations across the country to educate the public about the technology’s operations.

It is also difficult for law enforcement to know when Google Glasses are actually in use. In San Diego last month, a woman had her traffic ticket dismissed because there was no proof that she actually had the glasses turned on at the time.

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