By Jennifer Geiger on March 24, 2013
Although you can't yet purchase a Google Glass headset, one West Virginia lawmaker is proposing a law that would prohibit driving while wearing one.
Republican Gary G. Howell contends that the voice-controlled device, which looks like a pair of futuristic glasses and works like an internet connected smartphone, would be a distraction to drivers. If used in a car, Howell says that wearing the glasses, which have the capability to take photos and project text and images on one of the lenses, will be as dangerous as texting while driving.
Howell's legislation proposes an accumulative $100 fine each time a motorist is caught wearing the glasses behind the wheel; the fine for the first offense would be $100, the second $200, etc. "We heard of many crashes caused by texting and driving, most involving our youngest drivers. I see the Google Glass as an extension," he said in an interview with Slashgear.com.
It's unclear if the legislation will pass; what is clear, however, is that regardless of what happens, few people will be able to afford one, at least initially. Google has started selling a handful of prototype glasses at $1,500 each. No word yet on the glasses' actual price.
Assistant Managing Editor Jennifer Geiger is a reviewer, car-seat technician and mom of three. She wears a lot of hats, many of them while driving a minivan. Email Jennifer