Google Glass: An accident waiting to happen?
Experts have yet to say whether the Internet-enabled eyewear presents a hazard to drivers, but at least one state thinks it could be a bad combination.
Should the 8,000 people Google (GOOG) has chosen to try its new space-age, Internet-connected glasses -- for the price of $1,500 -- be allowed to wear them while driving a motor vehicle?
Experts aren't sure.
Most people would likely find Google Glass -- the high-tech eyeglasses that, among other things, enable a user to record a video through a voice command while displaying information such as Internet search results and the weather -- distracting to say the least. And distracted drivers make unsafe drivers who are more likely to be in accidents. But whether Google's device will cause safety problems isn't clear to experts such as The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).
"For example, 10 years ago, IIHS research suggested that cellphone use would become a major safety problem on the road," writes Russ Rader, an IIHS spokemsan, in an email to MSN. "Even though our research showed that drivers using phones were 4 times more likely to be involved in crashes, we haven't seen the wave of crashes we expected. Overall police-reported crashes over the last decade have dropped at the same time cellphone use by drivers has dramatically increased."
Officials from Mountain View, Calif.-based Google couldn't immediately be reached for comment. West Virginia recently became the first state to consider banning wearable computers with head-mounted displays while driving. Thirty-nine states already ban texting while driving.
The American Optometric Association (AOA) has more practical concerns, such as whether the glasses will increase eye strain or if users will be more apt to walk into utility poles once the line between the real and the virtual world is blurred.
"If you accidentally said the wrong word while you're crossing the road, something might pop up in front of you . . . which might be a problem if there's a big red bus coming towards you," AOA spokeswoman Karen Sparrow told WebMD last year.
Jonathan Berr is happy with his analog glasses. He doesn't own shares of the listed stocks. Follow him on Twitter at @jdberr.
If you're too stupid to notice big, red buses coming towards you, we don't really need you on this planet anyways.
Yeah and people lie about the Cell phone too...
They all blame it on a deer or a raccoon.
It will be much,much worse than talking on a Cell or drinking..Maybe as bad as texting, could be worse...?
People just can't Multi-task....Their brains are not developed enough.
I don't know what the answer is and Im not sure there is an answer.
Perhaps the answer is to just make the glasses not display anything while driving? Lets do some testing first. I get the concern and its a valid point but I don't see it as being a disaster just yet. Let's do some research first then we can decide what words to use to describe it as it relates to driving. It hasn't even been seen yet whether or not people will even like this concept and device in general. Little soon to predict massive numbers of wrecks and chaos on the roads.
Now I do agree that people need to ease up on cell phone usage but even more so when it comes to texting, that I think is the bigger problem when it comes to smart phones.
I think its time
Medic-chan......Not positive, but I believe they have those overlays now....That can be projected on your windshield....Just not practicable, nor cost effective for most or actually any.
But still I believe the technology exist....??
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