Have you heard of the google glass ticket? How one small step backward for driver safety may mean one giant leap forward for Google.
Driving with Google Glass
San Diego Commissioner John Blair threw out charges today against Cecilia Abadie for driving while wearing Google Glass. Abadie is the first person cited with such an offense, and many wondered what to expect.
Distracting Drivers with In-View Displays
Google Glass is considered a distracting device, but only if in use. Wearing the glasses while driving was found permissible as long as they remained off.
Current Display Laws
Many states restrict the use of video display in front of the driver; however with new technology being introduced, new laws must be created.
Google Glass is not the first device to put a display within the driver’s line of sight. Many companies are attempting to capitalize on the over-connected society by creating dashboard displays and smart watches that can be seen while driving. Though these companies claim using windshield, watch or glasses display offers less of a distraction than using your phone, it still stands the safest roads are those with no phones.
Future Display Laws?
While Google Glass and smart displays may not be the norm yet, we can only assume more people will begin adopting the technology. The question remains: how can driving laws evolve with technology while keeping the roads safe?