Is driving with Google Glass the same as talking on the phone, or texting while driving? While it would seem that the courts dismissed the ticket a woman in California got while driving with Google Glass would have set some kind of legal precedent, it seems that there are still many out there who aren’t enamored by the idea of someone wearing Google Glass while on the road. A new bill introduced by the Wyoming Senator, Floyd Esquibel, aims at banning the use of Google Glass and all other wearable computers during the operation of a vehicle.
According to Esquibel, “Common sense would tell you that you really don’t need to look at a little computer while driving, that it endangers you, your passengers and other drivers.” It would also seem that Wyoming is not alone in looking to ban the use of wearable computers while operating a vehicle. States such as Delaware, Illinois, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, and West Virginia have reportedly expressed their interest in a similar ban as well. This kind of resistance is to be expected when introducing new technology as its uses and purpose have yet to be fully fleshed out. Perhaps down the line the ban could be lifted if Google’s self-driving cars ever get commercialized, but in the meantime what do you guys think? Do you agree with this ban?
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