Local State Senator Pushes Driving Ban On Google Glass

State Senator Ira Silverstein has proposed a ban on driving while wearing Google Glass.

State Senator Ira Silverstein has proposed a ban on driving while wearing Google Glass.

Google Glass isn’t even on the market yet, but state Sen. Ira Siverstein wants to ban users from wearing the high tech eyewear while behind the wheel.

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.

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9 Responses to Local State Senator Pushes Driving Ban On Google Glass

  1. Pete says:

    Anyone seen in public with these things should be punished by having them slapped off their face. Talk about douchey trendsters.

  2. Jeff says:

    If video entertainment screens in the driver’s view are unsafe/illegal, don’t see how Google Glass should be treated any different.

  3. Gene says:

    What’s the difference between this and a pilot’s heads-up display? Don’t be Luddites.

  4. Jeff says:

    Gene says:

    “What’s the difference between this and a pilot’s heads-up display? Don’t be Luddites.”

    The difference is that a pilot’s heads up display is for information the pilot needs to fly the plane (air speed, heading, altitude, etc.). Note that some cars also have heads up display for current speed and other information.

    Google glass on the other hand could be displaying content unrelated to the operation of a car, such as Facebook, sports scores, movies, tv shows, or good old fashioned internet porn. I would rather that my fellow drivers be paying attention to the road than watching “Shaved Asian Beavers” on their nerd goggles.

  5. The Parking Ticket Geek says:

    Jeff,

    Like any technology, Google Glass can obviously be abused or used improperly.

    Honestly, I don’t know enough to come down on either side. Let’s say I’m withholding judgment until I have more info.

  6. Jeff says:

    Geek:

    Agree the jury is out on whether google glass will be a hazard. But I think that any technology that adds to the problem of driver distraction (texting, internet surfing, applying makeup, shaving, making fondue while driving) is not welcome on the roads.

  7. PKDickman says:

    Fondue!!!
    For years I have urged my congressman to ban those 12v crock pots that plug into a cigar lighter. But my efforts have constantly been thwarted by the powerful mobile fondue lobby.

  8. Jeff says:

    PKDickman:

    If you really want to stir up a hornets nest, try getting Congress to outlaw drivers using the George Foreman grill. You will be inundated with mail from irate dieters and sandwich lovers.

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