Google Is Trying to Kill Laws Against Using Glass While Driving
Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) is lobbying against several bills being pursued by lawmakers that will prohibit the use of Google Glass while driving, according to an exclusive report from Reuters. Eight states are considering legislation that will limit the use of wearables like Glass while driving and Google is lobbying officials in at least three states to put a stop to the laws.
Google Glass is essentially a tiny computer screen in the corner of a glasses lens. While wearable technology is thought to represent the next big technology shift, much is still unknown about how the rising prevalence of devices like smart glasses and smartwatches will affect our day-to-day lives. Many are worried that devices like Glass will cause drivers to be easily distracted, leading to more automobile accidents. There are already laws prohibiting the use of smartphones while driving and large campaigns to educate the public about the dangers of texting and driving. According to Distraction.gov, in 2012 there were 3,328 deaths caused by distracted driving accidents.
If people already have a hard time not checking their phones while driving, then essentially having your smartphone attached to your face will make it even harder to resist checking your email or texting while on the road.
Reuters discovered that Google has sent lobbyists to speak with lawmakers from Illinois, Delaware, and Missouri. Officials from New York, Maryland, and West Virginia said that they have not been contacted by Google as of yet, and those behind similar bills in New Jersey and Wyoming did not respond to Reuters’ request for a comment.