Legislation to Ban Google Glass Already in the Works

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Google is all set to take the next step in wearable computing, with the much-anticipated launch of the Google Glass. However, lawmakers are already very concerned about the potential effects on drivers, who are wearing these interactive glasses while they are at the wheel. A new bill that has been proposed in West Virginia would ban driving while wearing a Google Glass device, although the device has not yet been released in the market.

It's highly unlikely that the lawmakers who have introduced this proposal have even tried out the Google Glass, but they have been concerned enough about its possible effects on driving, to move to enact a preemptive ban on the use of the device behind the wheel. The bill would ban wearable computing test devices like Google Glass that come with a head-mounted display.

It's not so surprising to Los Angeles car accident lawyers that lawmakers would be concerned about the negative effects of wearing such devices, because there's already a wide body of research that confirms the negative effects of cell phone use and texting while driving on a person's driving skills. Arguably, the Google Glass is all set to take those distractions to the next level.

Google is all set to begin testing on its Google Glass Explorer program, and will begin testing in at least 1,000 subjects, who will receive a pair of the reality glasses. A person who wears the glass can perform a number of activities including taking pictures and recording video of everything that he sees, instantly.

Experts already predict that this could be the next wave of technology that sweeps through the American population, and it is highly likely that over the next few months, as these glasses become available and more affordable, we will see large populations of users wearing these glasses behind the wheel too. In this context, the West Virginia bill makes sense.

Researchers Recommend Mandatory Auto Cell Phone Blocking Technologies

Thursday, March 21, 2013

California is one of several states in the country that have attempted to reduce the number of distracting drivers by banning both texting while driving as well as the use of hand-held cell phones while driving. However, it is clear to Los Angeles car accident lawyers, that these measures have had very limited success in reducing these practices. Two researchers from West Virginia University have a radical suggestion to eliminate distracted driving. They suggest that all automobiles come with cell phone blocking technology that absolutely prohibits motorists from texting, e-mailing, having cell phone conversations, and using apps on their smartphones while the car is in motion.

It isn't difficult to imagine that automakers will be able to come up with technology like this. Therefore, the researchers want automakers to invest in coming up with technology that will prohibit motorists from using their cell phone for any purpose as long as the car is in motion.

The researchers have the facts on their side. After all, there are statistics to confirm that distracted driving is a growing menace on our streets. According to the Harvard Center for Risk Analysis, cell phone use behind the wheel causes as many as 333,000 injuries and 2,600 fatalities on U.S roads every year.

Other bodies of research also confirm the devastating effects of using cell phones while driving. According to research from the University of North Texas Health Science Center, texting caused more than 16,000 accident fatalities between 2001 and 2007. It is highly likely that those are conservative estimates. In states, where there is no ban on texting while driving or cell phone use while driving, it's hard to estimate exactly how many people are killed by such devastating practices.

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