Google Glass May Not Mix With Driving
Written by Erin MacPherson
Last updated on March 27, 2013 @ 6:55PM
Created on March 27, 2013 @ 6:03PM
It's good news to hear we're going to get a little warmer weather in the next few days, but how would you like to check the weather on a pair of glasses? That's right, a pair of eye glasses. Google announced that at the end of the year that they are going to put something called Google Glass on sale.
These glasses are reality headsets that look like a thin pair of eyeglasses and can be controlled by voice commands. Above and to the right of the your right eye is a small screen that can display emails, reminders, and other information. Even though they haven't gone on sale yet, one lawmaker is trying to keep these glasses off the road.
Google spokesmen said these eyeglasses could be very helpful for someone who is constantly on the go, it even has a camera on it to take pictures and record video.
State Representative Gary Howell said having a wearable computer could display anything in your field of vision wile you're driving. He said there's a lot of possible distractions just like texting and driving. Howell said that's against the law so this should be too. 5 News spoke with the Chief from the Bridgeport Police Department and he said even though it is out of the direct line of vision, it still could be distracting and dangerous.
"I have serious concerns about the safety of wearing those glasses while you're driving because it's still going to be a distraction and one that you probably couldn't avoid. It's just above your sights of vision, so you're automatically going to look at it. You're just going to take your eyes off the road. I think it's still a serious issue for drivers being safe on the road," said Chief John Walker, Bridgeport Police Department.
Most of the people 5 News talked to said it was a really good idea, but they don't think it would be safe to use behind the wheel.
"I feel that they should be banned from driving for the simple fact that it's no different than texting. It preoccupies your mind from driving and watching what's on the road," said Tim Maxwell, Harrison County Resident.
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