Although Google Glass is not yet for sale to the general public and there has been no official announcement regarding date or pricing, there are a bunch of people who have the device for beta testing, to try and help Google improve it. These are the people that have everyone thinking about the possibilities and issues that will surface with the wearable tech.
We recently reported about the U.K.’s Department for Transport thinking about banning the use of Google Glass while driving. However, one Glassware developer is saying that the device has actually made his driving skills improve somewhat.
The developer in question is Sahas Katta,the creator of the GlassTesla app for the Tesla Model S EV. This app allows you to control the doors, the sunroof and gives you information about your car, such as, remaining charge or mileage etc. Mr.Katta is saying that while wearing Glass, he is no longer distracted by his phone and that when it comes to navigation, apparently, nothing beats Glass. Katta has said in a statement: “Google Glass is at a stage where it’s still somewhat your responsibility. If you’re trying to load up some web pages while driving, that’s probably not a great idea, but it’s still possible. But with navigation, it’s the best technology I have used to date, there’s no in-car, mounted or smartphone navigation system that can beat the experience of having Glass so far.” Google Glass has an eye-tracking sensor, which with some updates to the device, could be use to know when the driver is asleep and wake him up or if he’s looking at the screen too much just shut down automatically.
He added that Glass reminds you when you have to take a turn from a distance of a mile away, then shuts down before telling you again a tenth of a mile from the turn off, thus making the distractions minimal for the drivers who usually are constantly glancing at their smartphone or guidance system.
Some states in America are considering banning Google Glass as well, but there has been no announcements for this and the U.S. government has not said anything about a countrywide ban. The U.S. Department of Transportation is keeping an eye on this and other kinds of wearable technology that might be a danger to road users if they are not handled carefully. Decisions made by any government in the world regarding this issue will have to be reviewed when Google Glass goes on sale to the general public. Google is still very much working on it and improving it daily and they must be already working on driver safety solutions as well any addressing the many privacy issue that will and are arising.
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