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Using Google Glass will be a driving offence, says Department for Transport
Darren Moss
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1 August 2013

Drivers won't be allowed to use Google's new Glass smart eyewear on the road - even though the product has yet to go on sale.

The Department for Transport has issued a ban on using the device while driving, saying that drivers should keep their attention focused on the road.

Speaking to Stuff magazine a spokesperson for the DfT said: "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. 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 offences 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 offence later this year."

The likely penalty for using Google Glass while driving would be £60, plus three points on their driving licence. Such a penalty would be in line with the current fines for using a mobile phone while driving. The ban has echoes of the 2003 ban on using a mobile phone while driving. More than a million drivers have been fined since then.

Banning the use of Google Glass while driving has ramifications not only for potential customers, but also for app developers.  Glass is set to go on sale next year.

A Google spokesman said: “We are thinking very carefully about how we design Glass because new technology always raises new issues. Our Glass Explorer programme, currently only launched in the US, reaches people from all walks of life and will ensure that our users become active participants in shaping the future of this technology.”

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Peter Cavellini 2 August 2013

a question.......

How are the already overworked,under paid,less man power Police going to have time. or indeed bother about enforcing this one?. I know an officer who thinks the system doesn't work , because the punishements aren't tough enough,thus offenders just offend again and again!

Vimeous 2 August 2013

Ban quite reasonable

If the device could be prevented from delivering non-driving related information then the DoT would be able to reconsider but since that's not possible the only logic is to ban this type of device.

I love the idea of a wearable HuD that can track eye movement and warn of unnoticed problems, say that imminent in-queue collision while your fiddling with the radio. Something that can store and deliver enhanced information such as temporary electronic road sign messages.
Maybe car manufacturers will develop restricted systems that the DoT could certify.

Once we have self-driving cars there no need for restriction but until then I believe there's no way to control what the wearer is using so it unfortunately has to be banned.

d79m 2 August 2013

Surely things in your car

Surely things in your car that distract on a scale of 1 -10 things like this are fairly minor. When you talk to someone on the phone you will look where your going still, when you talk to a passanger do you not tend to look at them when you talk?? Surely children should be banned from cars as they have to be the most distracting thing ever. 

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