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West Virginia bill would ban new Google Glass while driving

Posted by: Tim Harlow Updated: May 7, 2013 - 12:03 PM

WIthin the past couple of weeks, Google has begun distributing its new internet-connected glasses which allows wearers to get contextual information about what they’re seeing, call up web-based information, and record and stream video from the headset.

Google began distributing about 8,000 pairs of the gadget to people who entered a contest and paid $1,500  to try them out. The devices won't be available to the wider public until sometime next year.

Lawmakers in West Virginia say that the glasses could become another distraction for drivers who the fear will become distracted while behind the wheel. They are working on passing legislation before the glasses become widespread.

Republican Gary Howell, is among those who have offered an amendment House File 3057 to include language that would make it illegal to "use a wearable computer with head mounted display"  while driving.

Howell said he worries that drivers would get distracted by all the information that Glass could provide that isn’t related to navigation—things like YouTube videos, text messages, or political news websites, according to a post on Reason magazine's web site reason.com.

West Virginia's House Roads and Transportation Committee has not taken any action on the bill.

There is no word on whether Minnesota is considering such a bill. I'm checking with both the House and Senate transportation committees and will report back later.

 

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