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U.K. Department for Transport Wants to Ban Google Glass While Driving

by Brandon Russell | July 31, 2013July 31, 2013 6:00 pm PST

Google Glass demonstration

Google Glass possesses a lot of great potential, and we’ve seen it used in some creative, fun ways already. And while the jury’s still out on whether it’ll significantly alter the tech landscape, Google’s wearable computer is already facing resistance before it even hits consumer faces. According to Stuff, the U.K. Department for Transport is contemplating the ban of Google Glass behind the wheel. This sounds familiar.

Given what Glass is designed to do, a potential ban should come as no surprise to anyone—the idea of already distracted drivers having notifications flung into their eyes is frightening. Regulators are being pragmatic—let’s be honest—cutting off a potentially dangerous hindrance when driving itself is inherently treacherous in the first place. Combine that with eyes already focused on smartphone screens, and you have a recipe for disaster.

The search giant’s technology is still in the Explorer phase, and there’s still many months to go before we start seeing groups of Glass wearers walking down the street. But casinos and even the government is worried about Google’s futuristic technology, to the point where I wouldn’t be surprised if we see an outright Glass Prohibition Act of 2014.

It’ll only be a matter of time before the tech is banned from movie theaters, plays, concerts, etc. Frankly, there are so many instances where Glass could eventually get banned that you’ll only be able to wear them in the comfort of your own home.

According to Stuff, the U.K. government hasn’t come up with an outline banning Glass, but it’s only a matter of time before something is drawn up. I’ve seen Glass in action, on a human face, and it’s incredibly distracting for the wearer—users are constantly staring up, glassy eyed, lost in Google’s privacy prison. “Don’t Glass and Drive,” will be the obvious campaign slogan when the face computers finally come out.

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Brandon Russell likes to rollerblade while listening to ACDC.