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Will Glass be banned behind the wheel?

Google is remarkably low-key when it comes to promoting new products compared to rivals Apple, Samsung and IBM. Indeed, much is said about its research into autonomous vehicles, but its upcoming Glass project may be the next big thing in the mobile computing industry. Essentially, through Google Glass (which is a pair of glasses that a person could use much like a cell phone) users could take pictures, create speech-driven text messages, and even have pop-up reminders that they will see without reaching to a cell phone.

As amazing as this technology is, the potential for accidents while driving can't be ignored. After all, distracted driving is a national safety issue, and more than 30 states have banned the use of mobile devices while behind the wheel. Texting while driving has been viewed as being more dangerous than drunk driving, and more laws are being developed to require drivers to use hands-free devices while operating a motor vehicle.

All of which have been made to keep a driver's focus on the road, and off of who is sending the latest text message. When put into that context, the use of Google Glass behind the wheel could present its own set of problems with drivers taking their eyes off the road when looking (if only for brief instances) at messages that appear in a driver's line of sight.

It would be no surprise if Texas lawmakers moved quickly to create laws banning (or severely restricting) the use of the famed glasses. Time will tell.

Source:, The Google product that's so hot it has to be banned, March 27, 2013

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