Local State Senator Pushes Driving Ban On Google Glass
In what could be the first such law in the nation, Silverstein has introduced SB2632, which states “a person may not operate a motor vehicle while wearing a mobile computing headset.” The bill is currently before the senate Transportation Committee.
Google Glass is billed as mobile computing eyeglasses which the company released to a few thousand “Glass Explorers” for beta testing early in 2013. An online demo simulating the field of view for users shows a small window in the upper right which can feature a picture, video or text message, among other displays. The glasses can be controlled by voice or by moving your head.
The $1,500 headsets are tentatively scheduled to be released to the public by the end of 2014.
Although Silverstein (D-Chicago) has not tried the eyewear, he says from his research he believes wearing the glasses is similar to texting while driving or using a handheld mobile phone while driving. Illinois banned texting while driving several years ago and a law prohibiting using a cell phone without a hands free device went into effect Jan. 1.