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Thursday, August 1, 2013

UK Drivers to be banned from wearing Google Glass

As reported by The Telegraph: The UK Department for Transport has acted before the invention goes on general sale amid fears that users could be distracted.

Google is expected to put the device, which is worn like a pair of glasses, on the market next year.
Although smaller than normal spectacles, Google glass – essentially a wearable computer – places a small screen just above the right eye.

Users can tell the glass to take a picture, record a video and read messages. According to Google it will have the benefit of interacting with the web, but be less intrusive than a mobile phone.

However the DfT stressed it would not be acceptable for motorists to wear Google Glass.

A spokesman said: “It is important that drivers give their full attention to the road when they are behind the wheel and do not behave in a way that stops them from observing what is happening on the road.

“A range of offences and penalties already exist to tackle those drivers who do not pay proper attention to the road including careless driving which will become a fixed penalty offence later this year.

“We are aware of the impending rollout of Google Glass and are in discussion with the Police to ensure that individuals do not use this technology while driving.”