After one driver was pulled over recently for wearing Google Glass, now we hear that the state of Illinois may consider banning Glass completely on a driver. Senator Ira Silverstein filed legislation last week that would arrest drivers using Google Glass behind the wheel. Some other states including Delaware and New Jersey have seen similar proposals. If that passes, the law would allow police to ticket any driver that doesn’t take off Glass while driving. Senator Silverstein says: “It’s just another way people will be distracted. People’s attention to the road should not be interrupted.” Even though Glass has navigation applications, it also has entertainment apps.
Right now the only law that a driver might run into on the road while wearing Glass is if he or she is watching videos with it. That law forbids drivers from watching entertainment, like movies and television shows, on a video display while driving. A display can however show GPS directions, mapping software, or a view from a rear camera. Google Glass can already give your directions and other features for driving could be added later easily. Google might even add some sort of driving mode that locks drivers into only using apps approved for driving, but even that would most likely be up to the driver to activate.
Google makes this statement about using Glass while driving: “As you probably know, most states have passed laws limiting the use of mobile devices while driving any motor vehicle, and most states post those rules on their department of motor vehicles websites. Read up and follow the law! Above all, even when you’re following the law, don’t hurt yourself or others by failing to pay attention to the road.” If you are a Glass Explorer, have you ever run into any problems with wearing Glass while driving or at a specifc location?