UK department of transport has banned Google glass while driving. Anyone seen or caught driving with Google glass on, will be considered as committing a punishable offence. According to top officials this offense is nothing less than drunk driving. They don’t want any type of distraction, safety comes first. There was a ‘good news,’ ‘bad news’ situation for Google glass; they announced facilitating users with ‘invite a friend’ and got banned on the same day.
Banning is nothing new for Google glass. Earlier, they suffered bans in many institutions and organizations; in fact several cafes also banned the electronic device to respect the privacy of customers. Still, it is displaying itself to be user friendly. Its voice command appears to work well, simply say; “Okay glass, take a video” or “Okay glass, record the audio”. Often it is going to work just by tilt of your head. Still, the government of the UK is unwilling to take any type of risk. They don’t want it “To be your last drive”. In spite of many amenities they fear accidents can take place frequently if people use this while driving. It’s too much of a distraction.
“We are aware of the impending rollout of Google Glass and are in discussion with the Police to ensure that individuals do not use this technology while driving,” the DFT said in a statement to ZDNet.
“It is important that drivers give their full attention to the road when they are behind the wheel and do not behave in a way that stops them from observing what is happening on the road.”
“A range of offenses and penalties already exist to tackle those drivers who do not pay proper attention to the road including careless driving which will become a fixed penalty offense later this year.” According to him, it’s perfect decision. UK seems quite happy with it. It’s not like any other glasses that you wear casually while driving.
Google glass made a boisterous hullabaloo when it banned porn two months ago. At the time they said they don’t want their glass getting hazy with steamy scenes. Previously many sources claimed that Google glass violates privacy rules. And now, another banning has occurred. Still it hopes to emerge as a viable tool, dispelling all of its negative press. It’s determined to emerge as heroic, even if some try to make it a villain.
Drivers in the UK have been forbidden to use phones without hands free kits since 2003. The current fine for being caught using a mobile phone is £60 and three penalty points on the driver’s license, although this could rise to £90 soon along with a range of new distraction offenses, including eating a sandwich or lighting a cigarette at the wheel, according to The Guardian.
A proposal in US state of West Virginia was announced to outlaw Glass and other head gearing technology while operating a vehicle. It was aired earlier this year, however the bill is unlikely to pass until 2014.
The pre-emptive strikes on driver safety come as Google approaches the expected 2014 public release of Glass, which is currently only available in the US to participants of its Glass Explorer program. And now it facilitates to ‘invite a friend’ through it.
ZDNet has contacted the DfT and Google for comment and will update the story when any information comes through. When Google Glass does its magic, general acceptance will take time.
Google has previously addressed the issue of driving while using Glass in an FAQ for Explorers, taking the view that using Glass in a vehicle depends on current laws.
“As you probably know, most states have passed laws limiting the use of mobile devices while driving any motor vehicle, and most states post those rules on their department of motor vehicles websites. Read up and follow the law! Above all, even when you’re following the law, don’t hurt yourself or others by failing to pay attention to the road. The same goes for bicycling: whether or not any laws limit your use of Glass, always be careful,” the FAQ says.
UK bans Google glass to save its countrymen from accidents. Now, will we see the US a bit more liberal than them? When Glass checks your every nod, every word, every tilt of head, we might hae a little faith in its abilities. But we should stop at a certain point. Driving wearing Google glass should not be our last drive. Let Tom Cruise practice it; it looks exciting in movies. But it’s not safe in real life.
Written by: Jayeeta Shamsul