Wearing Google Glass while behind the wheel – yes or no?
The Google Glass is a breakthrough device that has a lot to offer to its users which is yet to be explored. We have seen the usage of the Google Glass in the operating room. We have even seen the new device used in the shower. The advantages of the new computing wearable gadget by Google are countless. One of the most recent discussions about the positive sides of the Glass is whether the device increases the risk of car accidents when drivers are wearing it.
In some countries, like the UK, the Department for Transport will forbid the usage of Google Glass by drivers while behind the wheel. The expected fine that drivers who break the law will get is £90 which is equal to $138 USD. There are several states in the USA where there are discussions whether the usage of the Google Glass on the road should be banned or not. So far, no laws have been accepted. The concerns expressed by those who support the ban of the Glass behind the wheel are for the increased risks of car accidents because of the destructions provoked by the device.
A lot of developers who have used and tested Google Glass support the opposite opinion and claim that the new wearable computing device can actually improve the focus and the navigation capabilities of drivers. One of the biggest supporters of this position is Sahas Katta, the developer that has created the GlassTesla app for Tesla Model S EV. He shares his experience and opinion about the different apps and devices for navigation. He claims that the Glass is “the best technology I’ve used to date.” The example he uses to prove his theory is the way the Glass works when it is navigating for directions on the road – it will remind you to take a turn a mile earlier, then shuts down and reminds you again when you have to make the turn, when you are at 1/10 of the mile away.
Another very significant advantage of the Glass that improves the driving is its capability to detect whether the driver is sleeping and to wake him/her up, which will prevent a lot of accidents on the road. The US Department of Transportation has not taken any legal actions to ban the usage of the Glass behind the wheel yet. They are still monitoring its impact on the drivers. What is your opinion about the Glass – to use it or not to use it while driving?