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Turns out Google Glass doesn't make texting while driving any safer

In fact, there no real difference between using it or a smartphone.

Image: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

IT’S STILL A long way from an official release, but those who believe that Google Glass will allow them to carry out certain tasks while driving may be left disappointed.

The first scientific study of driving while texting with Google Glass found there was very little difference between using it or a smartphone.

The study, carried out by the University of Central Florida, found that the reaction times to an unexpected traffic incident, like hitting the brakes, were no different when using the wearable device.

The research team set up the experiment with 40 people in their twenties. Each one driving in a car simulator with either Glass or a smartphone and was forced to react to a vehicle ahead slamming on its brakes.

They then compared text-messaging participants’ reactions on each device to times when they were driving without multitasking, and found that Google Glass didn’t improve their response to a traffic event.

Those using Google Glass are able to send text messages using voice transcriptions as well as head commands, but fears that it would be too distracting while someone is driving has left many concerned.

Although there was one small positive for Google Glass users; they outperformed smartphone users when regaining control of their vehicles after a near miss.

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