A Republican member of West Virginia’s state legislature is proposing a law that would extend its current texting while driving laws to include the prohibition of using Google Glass-like technology while driving.
Gary G. Howell’s piece of technology legislation against “using a wearable computer with head mounted display” while driving isn’t surprising and could be the start of a trend among other states in America, as Mashable points out.
The reasoning behind Howell’s legislation targets the driving skill level and tech preferences of the state’s youngest drivers. As 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.”
According to CNN, Google has said that Glass was designed to provide users with access to the benefits of technology when necessary but remain inconspicuous when not in use, as the attached screen is placed above the user’s field of vision. So, in theory, it shouldn’t lead to distracted driving.
Google issued the following statement to Mashable in reference to the proposed legislation in West Virginia:
“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.”
Google Glass is slated to be released later this year. An official price range has not been announced yet, but pre-order models of Glass have been available for sale to developers for $1500.