UK to ban Google Glass behind the wheel

The British Department of Transport has announced that it is in favour of a ban on Google Glass behind the wheel.

A spokesperson told the Telegraph that drivers need to give their full attention to the road and they should not behave in a way that stops them from observing what is happening on the road.

“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,” the spokesperson said.

He added that the Department of Transport views Google Glass as something that falls under the category of careless or distracted driving.

Legislators across the pond are pondering the same problem. However, since the USA is all about personal freedoms, banning anything usually doesn’t go down well with some members of the public, especially in parts of the country where you can buy a confederate flag at any petrol station.

Google told CNET that it is still “early days” for Google Glass and that the company is thinking very carefully about how to design Glass, because technology “always raises new issues”. One would think that looking at what’s in front of the car while driving is hardly a “new issue”.

Google has said in the past that it doesn’t view Google Glass and driving as a dangerous combination. There are possibilities developers could come up with apps that aid drivers rather than distract them. After all, head-up displays have been in fighter jets for decades and they are offered as pricey options in some high-end cars.

The problem is, although some might use Google Glass responsibly, it might prove too difficult for some of the public to drive without tweeting about the royal baby.