The latest in our new weekly series about living with Google Glass comes from our own Jerry Hildenbrand, a neckbearded riddle wrapped in a West Virginia enigma.​

Google Glass is no more distracting than your phone, nor is it any less

We all know that if you get caught speeding upwards of 20 mph over the speed limit and you're wearing Google Glass, you're going to get at least one ticket. And you should. Piloting 8,000 pounds of metal traveling at high speeds is a responsibility you shouldn't take lightly.

While very few are complaining about the speeding ticket that was issued in the example above, a good many people are outraged that the driver wearing Google Glass was mentioned on the citation.

I'm here to say the unpopular opinion — it should be mentioned.

Options. Glass has them.

The best thing about Google Glass is also the worst thing for the safety of you and the folks around you while you're operating a moving vehicle. The content you have decided to send to your Glass is front and center, right where you can see it, and ready for you to take action on. Sure, much fuss is made about wearing Glass to the bar or any place where people fear they will be recorded, but that's a minor social issue that etiquette and society will figure out if and when wearable computing goes mainstream. Trying to drive down the road while fiddling with your email, or sending out a Tweet is another story though. Just like doing it from your phone, it's an easy way to get distracted, cause an accident, and hurt someone else.

HUDThat's not saying everything about Google Glass and driving is bad. Having Google Navigation floating above your right eye and whispering right into your ear is an excellent experience, and likely safer than trying to use a docked smartphone or the GPS in your car's dash. Having fooled with it a few times, the HUD method is the way to go here. But of course Glass can do so much more. You will be tempted to do things like text your friends, or grab a video while driving. And just like doing it with your phone, doing it through Glass is no bueno.

Once you start fiddling with things — say not-so-important things like an unanswered email from two days ago — your eyes leave the road. That slight glance up and to the right (which is how you look at Glass' screen) just might be enough to miss that bicycle making a turn. Or a family of deer who decided now was a good time to cross the road. Or a kid following their ball into the street. It's no different than looking down at your phone. And that's just the simple things. Heaven forbid you hit a snag where your phone stops providing data and you need to reset the network connection, or you think you need to read an email right away. I want to think that in those cases, a person would pull over to attend to things every time. But I know not everyone will.

Read me please!I don't want Google Glass (or any wearable computing glasses that may come to fruition) to be banned behind the wheel. Navigation is clearly superior, and answering a phone call is safe and easy for the most part — certainly as safe and easy as hitting the button on your steering wheel or Bluetooth receiver to pick up the phone. I don't have the answer, but I hope someone from Google is working on this one, because turning out the product in it's current form is a sure-fire way to get it banned for use while driving. 

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DocToxyn says:

Well stated Jerry. Let's put the logic caps on and get this right at the beginning rather than wait for enough 'incidents' to pile up and then overreact and prohibit any application of this tech.

mwara244 says:

Most states consider it illegal to wear Glass while driving, as it falls into having a tv or monitor in the driving compartment which came into laws a long time ago, I first learned of them in the 80's as a small child seeing the original KITT from nightrider and learning that. Also Glass, the newer version with double earbuds, would break the law of wearing earphones while driving, because it impairs you of hearing your surroundings, I found that the hard way from a cop when I was 16.
I'm surprised that car companies get away with tablets in the dash as stereos with other controls and that isn't considered a monitor screen and doesn't break the law, and neither do GPS lcd screens., those are somehow legal or overlooked upon.

hodan says:

That's not the law.

mssca says:

The way some Provincial laws written in Canada and UK, Google Glass is clearly illegal to wear while driving. Any electronic or added commodity that is not part of the original car can be considered illegal in some countries. Even a built-in GPS that has a bigger screen than what the manufacture factory install can be ordered to remove by the government.

I actually agree with the government (just personal choice). Specially when I wear prescription eye glasses and it reflects the bright light of the GPS (regular built in very large screen models) right on my face for the entire drive (as opposed to on/off like street lights). So I am not surprised if the Glass is bad too.

I don't think people would use common sense. I am buying a Google Glass as soon as it comes to Canada with the trial. But I hope we make stronger fines for people who drive while wearing them.

litig8or98 says:

Anyone who says simply "That's not the law", without regard to jurisdiction, and without adding more, clearly doesn't know what "the law" is at all.

I've been a lawyer for over 15 years; long enough to have seen my share of people who have heard something from a friend, about something that happened to another guy, that leads them to believe that they now know "the law". And you would never catch me making a blanket statement like that.

Thanks for being so terribly unhelpful.


Yes very good point.

Another thing to note is how much peripheral vision is blocked by the glasses themselves. I surely would not want that much awareness blocked from my sight. I actually take off some of my sunglasses that have wide arms while driving so my vision will not be impaired.

PZR18 says:

Fuck the government, ill wear my glass & drive idc

Ill take it to court if i have to

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GrendelJapan says:

I'm not aware of any scientific data that suggests that Glass is any more problematic than the myriad other things that people do while driving. Things, I might add, that aren't, as far as I know, specifically banned/illegal. This issue is more about catching headlines and generating revenue than anything else.

flagg902 says:

I'm not aware of scientific data that suggests glass is less problematic that the myriad of dumb things people do while driving.

And you lack intellectual integrity if you think speeding fines are some golden revenue stream for governments. A few fines won't finance policing, administration, court, and lawyers costs. Traffic ticket are to keep stupid people honest and safe. But I'm sure you won't accept that until someone spoon feeds you 'scientific data'.

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twolastnames says:

South Dakota would argue this point. They make a mint nabbing Passer through's on the highways and interstate. I myself have been caught twice, 67 in a 65, and 76 in a 75.

Also, you can't say tickets are not a revenue thing. If they were we would only need maybe 3 traffic ticket types. Speeding, distracted driving, failure to yield. Everything else can fit into those 3, including drunk driving, driving while on the phone, driving while Glassed, etc..


BB_Bmore says:

1 and 2 miles over the speed limit!? Your kidding right?

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twolastnames says:

Nope. They got my dad for 3 over, and he is a cop.



That's fuckin lame, man.

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Are you ###### kidding me!?

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icebike says:

Story sounds apocryphal to me, because any fool could beat 2 over simply by showing that car speedometers are not guaranteed to be that accurate.

Federal standards (49 CFR 393.82) in the United States allow a maximum Plus or Minus 5 mph error at a speed of 50 mph on speedometer readings, for commercial vehicles, and automobiles are even less tightly controlled. Tire pressure alone can affect readings by a mile or two.

twolastnames says:

Because I was going to drive 8 hours to beat a $50 ticket.....


brendilon says:

Exactly, this is why You might get stopped with out of state plates going 2 over, while local plates can get away with 5-10.

unopepito06 says:

Eh, I highly doubt a state trooper/cop/highway patrolman is gonna be able to spot an out-of-state plate while operating a radar gun on a car whizzing past at 76 MPH. And yes, he's able to clearly see it after stopping the car but... he's already pulled the car over, if it's gotten to that point, he's likely already thinking "Speeding". I think in instances like this it's literally a case of throw a bunch of tickets at as many drivers as you can, hopefully a few don't follow through with court. Crunch time at the PD, perhaps? :P

Then again I've never been a cop, so I am almost entirely hypothesizing (talking out my ass).

twolastnames says:

And speed limits are run by each state, not the Fed, so whatever standard you are referencing is pretty moot.


drokssilva says:

In Cali they never do that its like 5 over at least before they fine you. Such bs

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RETG says:

As someone who knows quite a few people in the SD DPS, I say BS....
Are you sure the ticket was not written for 1-2 over, but you were clocked at a greater speed?
They will drop the MPH over in some cases, if the person is polite and has no speeding record.
But 1-2 over the speed limit...I say BS.
And don't really care what you say or thing. That is unless you want to meet up in person, which can be managed. Just send a private message.

brendilon says:

REally/ Your opinion is right and his is wrong and if he continues to disagree with you... you what, want to fight him? Could you be any more of a dumbass hick?

I believe mr flag needs to reevaluate his comment. He has shown rudeness and a lack of polite pressntaion of his opinion. You may have done some damage you don't know about. These forums are on a VERY short list of non toxic android forums and we intend to keep it that way. Yes, you have a right to your opinion, but a more adequate presentaion is needed. I am no mod, but i do think at least one of them was eyeing your comment. I just want to save you some trouble, mr flag, not bash you. I do not intend to start a war here, but a firm statement of the forums values is required in this instance.

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Bwahahahaha says:

Relax, Mr Rogers... his comment wasn't that bad. There's been a lot worse on AC. Go back to knitting your boyfriend a new pink scarf... oops, was that rude? Oh well...

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DS1331 says:


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Please tell that to the mods who are surely roaming around right now.

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Why are you so obsessed with mods, man? There's been worse things said in the comments, trust me.

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Just because they could be said doesn't mean they should have been.

Remember, the ban hammer is magically attracted to rudeness!


This is true. You got me there, brother.

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return_0 says:

I'm fairly sure mods only have power in the forums, not in comment sections. And besides, even Jerry himself has said that he's fine with some arguing in the forums and such. The only thing I've seen someone get banned for is racism, not for being rude or even insulting others. Yes, common rules of courtesy should be followed, but you don't need to be so strict about it.

Oh and by the way, Mr rogers was an awesome guy. Don't get me started on him.

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I won't lie, I used to watch that show religiously, lol.

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I love Mr. R, too, but I just have to point out that while Ol' Fred was scrupulously polite on his show, you shoulda heard him after he'd get a pint of Jim Beam in him -- curses that would strip the paint off a battleship and make Sarah Silverman blush.

hodan says:

Ha! Spoken like someone that does NOT work for a city or in the criminal justice system, and frankly, has no idea what they're talking about.

There are NO STUDIES that show that speeding penalties decrease speeding.

meyerweb says:

Grendel: you think it's a good thing to add yet another distraction to those already in existence? Even if they're ONLY as distracting as being on a phone call, that's more than enough to miss a red light, blow through an intersection, and kill someone. Studies have showm people on phone calls are as likely to miss important cues on the road as people who are legally intoxicated.

Yeah, let's add a display flickering right in front of your eye to the myriad other distractions we face behind the wheel. That'll make us all safer.

I would love to try these things out, they really interest me, shame I've not got the $1500 or an invite to buy a set lol

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A very well written article, especially considering the roads of WV are not the safest to begin with in the first place (deer, miuntains, sometimes evwn other drivers!). What if Google included a driving mode that created a minimal user option set like nav, calls, and a indicator that anyone (looking at you cops) could see that let them know that you were using the car mode option?

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TomW093 says:

That may be the best solution, similar to how the Moto X detects you are moving above a certain speed and switches to the driving mode.

Having said that, it wouldn't make anyone else on the road feel any safer if they still saw you with the Glass on. No driving mode will be as good as taking it off.

kentrol72 says:

Yes a driver mode that kicks in automatically when detecting movement at a certain speed would be best. You cant leave it up to individuals to do the responsible thing for the sake of everyone else.

This will still be problematic since it will also effect the passenger using G Glass. Maybe automakers can put something on the driver's space that flaggs use of a device by that person driving. Maybe even an extreme kill switch that disables the device from the drivers use. I am ok with a passenger using glass to navigate and I feel more comfortable with a voice telling me where to turn (think Onstar) than a HUD showing me. I cant imagine driving in an unfamiliar city like Baltimore and trying to get directions to a particular spot.
Since wearable devices are whats next i think automakers should do something even though its not really their responsibility. A ban only works when one is caught or an accident happens.

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To me, the part about it being an "option" shouldn't even be an option. I would hope that Google can come up with a way to completely restrict the functionality of glass as soon as it knows you're driving. If people have the option, then you can guarantee that a lot will opt out of a driving mode if possible.

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The one hole i can see with this forced implementation of a driving mode is if you are on public transport. Some trains go faster then cars now!

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NoNexus says:

Cyborg Jerry is in your car
playing with your tree air freshener
He will be back

Gekko says:

I can just hear the cop in WV that pulls Jerry over - "what fer fancy glasses ya got there, boy?"

tybskinner says:

Haha, I live in WV too and I can see the cops doing that.

And can we all just take a moment and marvel at Jerry's Pine Tree air freshener? It really ties the car together. :p

globster2000 says:

Lol well said

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FreudSlipped says:

I thought it was a yellow spruce.


Consider it marveled, lol.

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FifthElement says:

Yeah, and don't forget his Zomm holder on his visor, lol! Jerry, you are one scary looking dude bro, lol. I mean the Google Glass kinda makes you look a little more docile but great job on the scary redneck look, you nailed it! :P


bugmenot2222 says:

"I don't want Google Glass (or any wearable computing glasses that may come to fruition) to be banned behind the wheel."

Too late, the jobsworths in the UK have already preemptively banned it. Satnav is probably the #1 killer app for Glass and I hope Google develop some sort of driving mode that'll only show information the driver needs to known (the Amazon email shown above is exactly what I DON'T want to see when driving).

Should be banned period. ..

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Dat beard.

What is the ghostred shirt in his window? It lokks like his shirt, but i am not sure..


net62957 says:

What's Jerry carrying around in the back seat that necessitates a air freshener?

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NoNexus says:


net62957 says:

Gekko says:

moonshine ingredients and equipment.


I love Apple Pie flavored moonshine.

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Maybe the dead body of a cop that pulled him over?

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davinwv says:

I love reading content penned by my fellow West Virginian, Jerry. And he is always a hoot on the podcast. Jerry is a great example of an intelligent, articulate West Virginian. Thanks for doing your small part to battle the negative stereotypes! If you are ever passing through NCWV, let's do lunch!

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Templar says:

I agree.... we are not all red neck hill billies. Same offer if you make it to Parkersburg....

Petry Studio says:

That offer stands here in Elkview, WV as well!

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tybskinner says:

I've got you in Buckhannon WV!

dbhart5 says:

That's looks hot, but I can see how that will be a very big distraction while driving. It also makes you look like he's part of "The Borg" ... "We are One. You will be Assimilated. Resistance is Futile."

Isnt that kinda what google is anyway?

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reeper55 says:

8,000 pounds? What are you driving Jerry, a Sherman tank?

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It may be hyperbole.

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twolastnames says:

Truck or large suv would weigh that much


atlas9171 says:

2013 Chevy suburban 1500 weighs 7200 lbs,of course the silverado 2500 weighs in at 9300 lbs

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SeanBlader says:

It's not in the screenshot of the ticket, but according to Cecilia's G+ profile picture, it's not an SUV. I don't recognize the dashboard, but she's definitely in a sedan at maximum, which means you can probably estimate that whatever it is is half that weight, but likely very much less.

amcity32 says:

I was about to ask the same thing

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stewm says:

The one thing that would concern me is not so much that a 'google glass' style device was on and active it is more that, and it is appears so in the picture you show, that it obscures a fair area of peripheral vision or the right hand side. In effect the device is increasing the blind spot for the driver. They can no longer use their peripheral vision on the right hand side to glance at the right wing mirror they must physically take their attention fully away from the road ahead and use their forward vision to focus on that mirror.

In fact in the 'argument' used by the woman in question, that it turned on as she looked up at the officer can equally be disputed by retorting that the device is just as easily activated by the user while driving and was actually active while she was careening up the freeway.

The fact that she is fighting the ticket is more a suggestion that she risks losing her license and may be a repeat offender while speeding. She chose to select to use a 'gambit' that by creating negative publicity it would 'magic' the ticket away.

California offer the option for those that have a first offense for a driving infraction to take traffic school, pay the fine and admin fee for the school and select a school of their choice. In fact she could have taken an online traffic school and complete it in a matter of 20-30 minutes. She would have received no points, the infraction would not be recorded on her driving record and she would have been able to go on her way, albeit not driving with the device on her head.

Let's face it, it only takes 2 seconds to take them off and them put them on when the driver has arrived at their destination.

As for those that may argue that the frames of a pair of glasses can block your peripheral vision, sure enough but they don't partially obstruct part of the forward view. Of course in this woman's case anyway if she hadn't been wearing them she might have noticed the Highway Patrol vehicle sitting at the side of the road and slowed to an acceptable speed and avoided the whole ticket business in the first place.

Timelessblur says:

Really it blocking your peripheral is a it depends thing. A lot of people like me are pretty much blind with our our glasses and as such I do not have much of a peripheral vision. If it is not coming threw my glasses at best I might be able to see color but after about a foot I am pretty much blind.

That being said I agree banning them should be done as it will load up a lot crap info in the corner of your eye that does not belong and would distract the driver. Thing like message notifications and so on.

Now things that I could see Google Glasses being good for while drive is things like GPS navigation. Having the directions up there would be a nice thing and goods heads up. Another nice piece of info I would like up there are things like my speed. Beats looking down at my speedo.
Now as times goes on car warning lights could go up there or minor info like that but speed and GPS would be nice. That would be no worse than current cars. Sadly people are way to stupid and selfish to limit themselves to only to the basic stuff like speed adn GPS. They would want text messages, email and so on.

Rigelian says:

It doesn't obscure any significant degree of peripheral vision right or left. Certainly no more than when I'm wearing sun glasses. It certainly in no way obscures the right hand mirror.

The argument that it turned on as she looked up at the officer doesn't answer the question of whether it was on in the car. Looking up at an officer is quite different than the plane of vision when driving. As an analogy. Someone who puts a cellphone in a car dock might just as well be using it to watch a tv show and not using it as a GPS device, therefore...follow your logic here.

Oh come on,you know darn well it was on while she was driving.

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I'm sorry, I didn't realize that you were there to witness the entire situation.

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Rigelian says:

How exactly would I know that it was on while she was driving? I often wear mine when I'm driving and it doesn't turn on. What's funny is that you think that you can read my state of mine as well as hers.

zero3187 says:

I think that there could definitely be a setting where glass can't access certain things like email or texts while you're going over a certain speed like on some phones.

Maybe even limit access to having glass read the SMS aloud instead of displaying whilst en route.

Orion78 says:

Jerry part of the Wyatts?

dhawk1202 says:

We are borg...

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dbhart5 says:

I wonder when will Google officially change their name to "SKYNET" and decide to turn on humanity.

Absolutely it should be cited, anything that distracts you in a meaningful way from the job of driving is something you should not be using/doing.

People need to remember that it's not about how good a driver you are or how well you can multi task, if you get distracted for just a few seconds it can and does cause accidents which potentially destroy lives.

There's reasonable things such as changing a radio station and such but wearing something that has the potential to obscure you're vision or doing something like texting, emailing or browsing the internet are not things that you need to do or should be doing whilst operating dangerous machinery which is essentially what driving is.

Don't get me wrong I love my car but I don't love the absolute imbeciles who risk not only their own life but those of everyone around them by distracting themselves with things that can always wait until their not driving anymore.

The answer to this is so easy as to make glass dettect when you are driving (motorola can do it with the moto x and G), and block all features except navigation, phone calls and maybe music.

Maybe have it still recieve notifications if a message arrives and glass reads it just like moto x does, but make it that you can't send emails, messages, tweets etc, in the "driving safe mode".

engineerga says:

That's exactly what the Sync system in my Mercury does. When driving, it won't let me do like 90% of the things I can do when sitting still. It says something like " This feature is not available while driving" when I try to pair a bluetooth device, when I try to do a vehicle health report, or anything else that takes my eyes off the road for even a few seconds.

It doesn't care if you are a passenger who can focus safely on the display - it blocks the features anyway to be safe. No one is banning Sync (that I know of).

Sync can see my speedometer reading. For Glass, maybe they could pair the GPS with the camera/optical analysis so it can tell you're moving, block the distracting features, but allow you to "prove" you aren't driving and turn the features back on if it can't see a steering wheel or something. LOL

The answer to this is so easy as to make glass dettect when you are driving (motorola can do it with the moto x and G), and block all features except navigation, phone calls and maybe music.

Maybe have it still recieve notifications if a message arrives and glass reads it just like moto x does, but make it that you can't send emails, messages, tweets etc, in the "driving safe mode".

NoNexus says:

Just a thing that I am patenting so don't steal it.

A set of front cameras in the car hooked via bluetooth to glass. The ultimate Immersive hud

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That actually sounds cool. I have a feeling that someone other than you is thinking of this.

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return_0 says:

This. Agreed

bayou bandit says:

Does Google Glass come with the fresh hillbilly hat and the pine tree air freshener? If so, sign me up!

Too far man. Too far...

Duncan1982 says:

Google glass will it be mainstream hmm perhaps but I won't be in that minority. It impresses only that it can be done and beyond that I personally think that it serves no advanced purpose.

As for driving I would have to agree that before launch that it will recognise via motion sensor etc and only has the basic of services.

My mate lost his life from a female who just glanced at her phone to check a text so it's most certainly one that needs further research.

Something like anything above 30mph and the device won't work and anything below 30 and the device is active. That might and I say that loosely be an option.

Not that I think here in the UK there is going to be a huge demand for this particular tech.

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DS1331 says:

I like this guy but not his video reviews

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hmmm says:

Looks like it would mess with your right side peripheral vision

Rigelian says:

It may look like it, but it doesn't. Not even close to it.

mouseglider says:

Kind of blocks the peripheral vision which seems more dangerous than a cell phone. It certainly does for me - I didn't even see the two post right above me! LOL


Well played, Sir, lol.

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kelayz says:

If they implemented a speedometer driving mode deal into glass it would be nifty. Built in navigation systems in dashes are more dangerous to me because you're not even looking at the road when you're looking at it compared to glass where your perception can still focus on the road. Or add more opacity to what glass shows so you can still read things but see the road. Idk just some points.

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jiwengang says:

Excellent point.

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juliobx2012 says:

I wish Google would offer an 18 month no finance credit card for the purchase of Glass. Motorola and HTC have that option for their top tier phones. I would jump on it if they offered that for sure.

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return_0 says:

Considering hasn't even been publicly and fully released yet, isn't it a little too early for that?

tybskinner says:

Google could always put some provisioning on it that stops everything but calls and GPS once you're in your car. Something like when it sees your car's bluetooth or when you're moveing over 25mph.

Rigelian says:

Makes it pretty useless when you're traveling via subway, train or bus or as a passenger in a car.

supersanborn says:

Glass needs a drive mode that only handles things like phone calls and navigation.

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chowdog13 says:

Jerry Hildendroid lol :]

gregmcph says:

A weirdly Cyberpunk... Cyberhillbilly? photo.

TBolt says:

Google ought to test this option out: disable non-essential features, like navigation, if 1) the user is moving faster than 4 mph and 2) the phone can somehow verify that the user is at the wheel of a vehicle. Verifying control of other types of vehicles will be tougher.

kstagg says:

"The best thing about Google Glass is also the worst thing for the safety of you and the folks around you while you're operating a moving vehicle. The content you have decided to send to your Glass is front and center, right where you can see it, and ready for you to take action on."

This is different from a phone because it is literally "in your face" whereas with a phone you can put it down on the passenger seat. Yes - it is distraction, and yes - it should be banned from driving.

dflores says:

It's not actually in your face, but if does sit that low then it has not been properly fitted. Even in the OP's photo, that's a troll pic for distraction; that is not how one is supposed to wear it.

plunder says:

As with any technology - it would be safer if people used it responsibly. Nothing is totally safe, including driving while lost with a map on your lap and your legs crossed. If our legal systems were sane enough to distinguish between "need" and "neard" this would be less of a problem.

As an old Irish poster said: "Do not drink and drive! Sure you'll only spill it." Sometimes that Irish approach to life seems the sanest of all.

gregmcph says:

Yeah, knowing full well that I can get distracted by a phone while driving. Guilty as charged. And knowing that it has given me an "oh sh*t!" moment, I at least would never wear Google Glasses while driving. Google Maps sitting on my phone up on the dashboard in line of site of the road is sufficient.

A phone is more ignorable than an image permanently in the corner of my eye.

law2010 says:

Good post, Jerry!

ads says:

Thanks for the highlighted assertion that it's no good to be doing visual things or taking actions, but it is also known that conducting a call is dangerous as well, and google glass is no different than a headset in this regard; no safer.

There us an abundance of evidence that speaking on the phone, even hands free, is a significant distraction, and I've seen it in other drivers countless times. The human brain reacts to audible input with priority over all else including visual. This is how folks wake up for their baby crying softly, as one example.

Most of us have had that in-car call realization that we've missed something that maybe didn't cause a wreck but was clearly a miss; one that could have been a wreck if the traffic or circumstances were different. Unfortunately, nearly as many don't take this as the early warning that something bad is BOUND to happen one day if we continue the behavior.

If you're reading this and thinking "maybe you can't do it safely but I can", no, you can't, you just can't.

For those of you on another planet, distracted driving is now clearly known to be as bad as driving intoxicated with regards to causing an accident. This is based on research with clear evidence, there is no longer any doubt, none.

I like my technology, but after ignoring a couple of non-dangerous early signs, like missing the airport exit because I was on a call, I finally had that "incident" that woke me up. If my wife hadn't have spoken, I'd have blown right through a stop sign.
So, only while stationary for me if it involves looking at the screen, and for the very few phone calls I do driving, I've trained myself to literally drop the phone at any second as needed. No bye, no nothing, just drop it and recover it from the lap when safe.

Google glass isn't going to improve on any of this.


Rigelian says:

Having a conversation on the phone while driving is distracting. I can only think of 3 or 4 occasions in the last couple of years that I've done it. Even then the calls last less than a minute. Glass, at least for me, has not been distracting. The only thing I use it for is the GPS.

dflores says:

Nice troll pic, Jerry. If you're wearing the device properly, the projected image is out of plain view. Also, you get a little buzz that notifies you of the incoming notification so you can look up.

A problem that happens to me frequently is that a notification comes into my phone and the phone does its notifications first and it could be 2 to 5 minutes before Glass picks up the SMS, email, or whatever, so I end up checking the damn phone anyway. Also, the notification image is only projected for a few seconds, so you're compelled to view the notification before the display sleeps. That last scenario is the most concerning to me, as I have found myself wanting to look up when I shouldn't really care anyway. If it were an emergency, I'm sure the party would call, and those work perfectly every time.

Pirate Arr says:

Should be banned.

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thegrants82 says:

Banned for what? Being correct?

Ralph Basile says:

I totally agree that using Glass as a heads-up display is a very appropriate use and safer than using the GPS in the dash or on you phone. Using it for hands-free phone calls is also an improvement over alternatives. Reading texts, surfing web sites, etc., on the other hand puts the driver and everyone around him at risk. Don't do it!

Jerry - are you wearing the prescription glass version of Glass? Can't wait until such an option is available for those of use who wear prescription eye wear.