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Google lobbies against proposed restrictions on Glass while driving

The company is lobbying legislators in at least three US states in a bid to stop proposed restrictions on Glass while driving.

Cecilia Abadie was given a ticket for wearing Google Glass while driving. She was dismissed last month as there was no proof the device was on while she drove.
Cecilia Abadie was given a ticket for wearing Google Glass while driving. She was dismissed last month as there was no proof the device was on while she drove.
Image: AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi

GOOGLE IS LOBBYING a number of US officials in a bid to stop proposed restrictions on driving with headsets such as Glass

According to Reuters, the company is lobbying legislators in at least three US states, Illinois, Delaware and Missouri, from limiting its use. Eight US states in total are considering regulations against using Google Glass while driving.

Officials and other groups are concerned that drivers wearing the device will pay more attention to what’s on the screen than on the road, and cause a serious accident. Google argues that since Glass isn’t widely available yet, passing such regulations would be premature.

Legislators who introduced similar bills this year in three other states, New York, Maryland and West Virginia, say they have not yet been contacted by Google.

The device has already come under discussion with regards to road safety. Last month, a San Diego woman who received a traffic ticket for wearing Google Glass while driving was dismissed because there was no proof the device was on while she drove.

Google Glass is still currently in beta mode and the only way to get a pair is to apply for its Explorers program.

Recently, it released a guide advising users on what to do and not do such as asking for permission before taking photos and recording videos and not to be creepy or rude.

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