Google is trying to block legislation that bans driving with Google Glass

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Google is currently attempting to block legislation in several states that would restrict the use of Google Glass while driving. At the moment eight states are thinking about legislation which would regulate Google Glass. So far Google has sent lobbyists to Delaware, Illinois, and Missouri to try and convince the states that the legislation isn’t necessary.

Google’s main argument is that since Google Glass is still in the development, legislation on it isn’t needed yet. “We think it is important to be part of those discussions,” said a statement released by Google in relation to their lobbying.

In an effort to promote further understanding of Google Glass, since there are only 10,000 explorers in their test program, Google has set up demonstrations.

“While Glass is currently in the hands of a small group of Explorers,” Google 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 will have a long way to go in convincing politicians to withdraw their attempts to regulate the new technology though, and Delaware state Rep. Joseph Miro is one of them.

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

[via Reuters, image via tedeytan’s flickr]

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  • JMJ

    [@Grantwhy] Hmmm? I wonder if this attempt to block this legislation could be construed legally as Google’s advocating use while driving. I’m sure that the 1500-or-so testers who have the device signed a EULA and waiver, stating that they would use it responsibly and that they would hold Google harmless from e-v-e-r-ything, especially for using it in a manner not intended by Google.

    This legal action may actually come to bite Google in the butt.

  • Grantwhy

    I’m a little surprised that Google isn’t being sued (yet) by someone who got injured/had an accident while wearing a Google Glass :-p

  • Mike S.

    I’m sorry, but, let’s just admit it: people can be horrid drivers and need every ounce of strength and attention possible not to have accidents or impede others.

    When I’m driving and a car is delaying traffic, more often than not it’s someone on a cell call/using a smartphone/eating while driving. The battle has been lost as to much of this–people just won’t stop, thinking, “I drive perfectly well–it’s not me!” Guess what–it is. (Actually, they’re also thinking, “I just don’t care if I impede or affect someone else.”)

    Heaven forbid what would be happening with these same people–or any of us–with an eyeglass computer on, even with their best of intentions.

    Here’s a solution, Google: get computer-driven cars up and running first, and then Google Glass will be just fine while in such a car. But even then, of course, not pointed in my direction: I want and am entitled to my privacy.

  • JMJ

    This is a no-brainer: Not only should the “Don’t Be Evil” company’s Glass be totally banned from use while driving (I mean, even while just SITTING in the driver’s seat of a vehicle whose engine is running.), it should be banned from all *public* places where a reasonable expectation of *semi-privacy* is expected; like restaurants, rest rooms, barbershops, public areas of multiple dwellings, etc. Back to driving: fighter pilots spend hundreds of hours training in simulators in order to use heads-up-displays effectively and safely but, here, Google argues that ANYONE with a thousand bucks should be able to use their newest moneymaker while driving? How many highway deaths caused by their product will it take to convince them otherwise?

    Not evil, huh?

  • This is just an extension of the regulations against cell phone usage IMO. The only real argument I can see against it is the use of Glass as a head up GPS device. Since you can’t limit it to that use, it can be a serious danger while driving.