The key feature of Google Glass is that it basically puts an Android smartphone on users' heads, allowing them hands-free operation of many smartphone features, including web browsing, phone calls, texting and navigation. A small heads-up display rests directly above the right eye, making it seem like a match made in heaven for drivers, who could use Glass without taking their hands off the wheel. But lawmakers already are planning to ban the device from being used while driving before it has even been released to the general public, Engadget reports.

A UK Department for Transportation official told Stuff that it is "in discussion with the police to ensure that individuals do not use this technology while driving." Similarly, as Gizmodo reports, West Virginia House of Delegates member Gary G. Howell has said he thinks the technology would be just as problematic as texting while driving and is introducing a bill to ban Google Glass from being used on the roads in that state.

Glass has been tested while riding a motorcycle with mixed results, and there's even an application in development for Tesla Model S owners, but it could all be for naught if Big Brother says no. Do you think using Google Glass should be prohibited while driving? Sound off in the poll below.




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      S.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Shame they aren't so diligent about cracking down on texters.
      Termin8
      • 1 Year Ago
      Like the vast majority of drivers on the road aren't bad enough...
      Matt
      • 1 Year Ago
      Even if Google Glass is the coolest product of all time, I won't use it because based on the picture in the article, it makes you look like a giant douche.
        ZenDriver
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Matt
        He is the poster child for female repellent in that picture. I can already hear the nasal voice, "Mngnah, I just got a new game for my Xbox, mngah..."
        timmykk8
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Matt
        Give the guy a break he look like a million bucks with that google glass, new sweat shirt and the Tesla. Where is my boy Aziz.
      Gorgenapper
      • 1 Year Ago
      If it's a distraction, no matter how hands-free it is, it remains a distraction. It's not your lack of hands on the steering wheel which necessarily causes all distracted driving accidents, it's the lack of focus on the task of driving and not noticing things like stopped vehicles, pedestrians, stop lights, etc.
      Jim R
      • 1 Year Ago
      Personally I think they should be banned for making you look like a massive D-bag. But that's just me.
      Lachmund
      • 1 Year Ago
      looking forward to the day I can slap one of those glassholes
      Cayman
      • 1 Year Ago
      I think life has probably dealt a far larger penalty to anyone who would actually use these ridiculous things.
      Bernard
      • 1 Year Ago
      Headline of the future "Google Glass footage of children being mowed down discovered by police."
      Sean Murphy
      • 1 Year Ago
      As a Google Glass owner I can say that it is way less distracting using the Glass Nav than my 7 inch touch navigation unit in my car. I never have to move my full vision away from the front of my car and I can literally use my voice and a slight head movement to answer my phone, get directions, listen to texts, and take a picture of video. When someone finishes a good HUD for it that connects to your car then I will never have to have eyes leave the road.
      icemilkcoffee
      • 1 Year Ago
      Just do the same thing that is donw with stereo settings in the neweer cars. When the car is in motion- those settings are disabled. Likewise, the Google Glass could be restricted to just driving aids when the car is in motion. No checking emails or facebook obviously.
      Mr E
      • 1 Year Ago
      OR it could provide the most user-friendly navigation and hands-free calling while driving. At least with Glass you wouldn't have to fumble around with a bluetooth earpiece, your phone or your nav unit (or look back and forth at it) while driving. If done right, and with a good car mode, it could easily lead to less distracted driving while still leaving people feel connected.
      • 1 Year Ago
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