West Virginia state representative Gary G. Howell introduced a bill related to traffic safety, which intends to amend the existing laws against texting while driving and add a provision that would also prohibit the use of a “wearable computer with a head mounted display.”
In an interview with CNN, Howell said he was inspired to introduce an amendment to the existing law after reading an article about Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG)’s latest gadget- Google Glass. Howell did not mention the name Google Glass in the proposed legislation, but a pre-emptive move against the gadget, which is not yet available in the market.
During the interview, Howell said, “The primary thing is a safety concern. It (the Glass headset) could project text or video into your field of vision. I think there’s a lot of potential for distraction.”
In addition, Howell said although he doesn’t want motorists to use the device while driving in the roads of West Virginia, he thinks the Google Glass is interesting. “I think it’s pretty interesting, I wouldn’t mind trying it,” he said.
West Virginia will be the first state in the United States that would prohibit drivers from wearing the Google Glass while driving if legislators in the state vote for the approval of the amendment.
The search engine giants’ spokesperson commented on the proposed legislation with the statement, “We are putting a lot of thought into the design of Glass because new technologies always raise new issues. We actually believe there is tremendous potential to improve safety on our roads and reduce accidents. As always, feedback is welcome.” Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG)’s spokesperson thinks the law would take effect on July1.
Last month, Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) announced that the Google Glass will be available to consumers by the end of 2013. The gadget will cost less than $1500, the current cost for early adopters for the wearable computer.
The Google Glass is an augmented-reality headset that looks like a thin pair of eyeglass. Users can control the device using voice commands, and they will be able to access their e-mails, and other information. The device will display a small screen above the right eye of the user. One of the applications integrated in the Google Glass is the iSight, which was designed to identify people by their clothes, accessories, or jewelries and helps to find their friends in crowded place. The Google Glass could also open a garage door.