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article imageGoogle Glass facing driving ban before it hits the market

By Leigh Goessl     Mar 25, 2013 in Technology
A West Virginia lawmaker is seeking to have a ban on drivers wearing Google Glass. The innovative product developed by the technology giant hasn't even hit the market yet.
West Virginia Legislature Republican Gary G. Howell is proposing a bill designed to ban Google Glass to be worn by motorists. According to ZD Net, the law is being proposed before Google Glass is even on the consumer market.
The bill, H.B. 3057, is a revised version of an earlier bill that addresses texting and driving. H.B. 3057 includes the phrase, "Using a wearable computer with head mounted display."
As Digital Journal recently reported, Google Glass is not likely due to be launched until 2014.
Google Glass is not specifically mentioned in the proposed legislation, but Rep. Howell told CNET an article published by that outlet inspired the law, noting distracted driving.
Howell also spoke to CNET about the newly proposed legislation. Seemingly, he likes the idea of this new innovation created by Google.
"I actually like the idea of the product and I believe it is the future, but last legislature we worked long and hard on a no-texting-and-driving law," Howell told CNET. "It is mostly the young that are the tech-savvy that try new things. They are also our most vulnerable and underskilled drivers. We heard of many crashes caused by texting and driving, most involving our youngest drivers. I see the Google Glass as an extension."
Reportedly, Howell is not sure his bill will pass, but feels future laws will address the issues.
"I am a libertarian, and government has no business protecting us from ourselves, but it does have a duty to make sure I don't injure or kill someone else," Howell explained.
While perhaps distracting for drivers not planning to navigate a driverless car, which Google is also pushing closer to market, Google Glass also has generated concerns over privacy issues.
Google sent out a statement to the media which said (courtesy of Mashable):
"We are putting a lot of thought into the design of Glass because new technologies always raise new issues. We actually believe there is tremendous potential to improve safety on our roads and reduce accidents. As always, feedback is welcome."
Usually technology development is leaps and bounds ahead of legislature, but this is an instance where the law might be one step ahead, for now. However, is it necessary? Will Google Glass be a distraction? Or might there be a navigational app for that?
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