Google Glass Could Be Banned on UK Roads

13th August 2013

Google Glass Could Be Banned on UK Roads

GOOGLE Glass are glasses made by Google that communicate with your phone via Bluetooth.  They project images directly in front of your eye as if it's floating in space in front of you.  Although they could be illegal to use while driving by the time Google Glass goes on sale in the UK next year.

If you are gadget mad, then you are probably aware of Google's latest technology.  You can control Glass with voice commands, winking, turning your head, or by hand gestures or tapping / sliding your hand along the rim of the glasses. Google Glass can currently take a photo, take a video, stream video to a live Google Hangout, display Google turn by turn navigation, and communicate with Google web search. 

Sounds amazing, and could be great if used right by providing maps, navigation information and information about speed and even speed limits without the driver or rider ever having to look away from the road.  The problem is when used wrong the same kit could let you read texts or emails, check Twitter or Face Book etc etc which causes a massive distraction. With no way to police how the device is being used, the Department of Transport is believed to be considering an outright ban.

According to Stuff magazine, a spokesman from the Department of Transport 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.”

Google Glass is already being publicly trialled by developers, and some have already tried the kit on motorcycles (see a video taken using Google Glass on a  Ducati 848 here:

Google has also filed patents for several other uses for the Glass HUD technology, including one for a motorcycle helmet with a built-in head-up-display. 

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