As Google Glasses is set to be the next big thing in wearable technology (once its released to the general public in 2014?), we could all soon be up for a driving offence if caught wearing them while driving?
Yesterday, A woman over the pond in the United States, got pulled over and issued a ticket for wearing her set of Google Glasses while driving, and as the ticket quote states the reason for the ticket:
Driving with Monitor visible to Driver (Google Glass)
Now this begs the question, how can this be any different from driving in a vehicle that has a Heads Up Display (HUD) shining on the windscreen, or a vehicle with a satellite navigation unit on the wind screen? At least with the Google Glasses, you will be able to keep your eyes on the road at all times while being fed information.
I am not saying it would be a good idea to use them to explore Facebook or Google+ while driving, but think of the features such as Google feeding directions directly to your ears and eyes while being able to keep your eyes on the road. I think this would be a huge help in cutting down collisions due to drivers watching satellite navigation units, and taking their eyes off the road.
On another note, I have to say the Police officer must have had a good eye to see that someone was wearing glasses while driving, especially over in America when the main unit of the glasses would have been hidden from within the vehicle. [Cecilia Abadie via Google+]