Most of us know Google as the search engine almost everybody uses to find out information on the internet. If someone doesn't know the answer to something, they may "google it." Did you know that other than providing internet-related services and products, Google also develops technology and products that consumers can use that are not internet-related?
One of the most buzzed about products recently is Google Glass, a wearable computer with an optical head-mounted display. A small square monitor sits right above the right eye, just off of a person's normal line of vision. Google Glass comes in different frames and shades. There is a "sportier" frame for those who want to wear it while riding a bike or running, and there is a "casual" frame for those who want to wear it any time.
Google Glass has many of the same functions as smartphones. It makes calls, takes pictures, gets directions and even answers questions through voice commands.
Though Google Glass is not available for purchase in Canada, you may have seen people walking around wearing one already.
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Banning the Use of Google Glass While Driving
Drivers today are faced with many distractions, such as texting while driving, talking on the phone while driving, etc.; Google Glass may be another distraction to add to the list. Though it is just out of a driver's line of vision, the driver has to look up to see the screen. This takes the driver's eyes and attention off the road.
Some states in the U.S., such as California, have already banned the use of Google Glass while driving. It must be turned off while drivers are on the road.
Currently, Ontario law bans drivers from using handheld devices while driving. Drivers cannot text while driving. If drivers are pulled over for texting while driving, they face a $280 fine. See Texting and Driving Car Accidents in Ontario
According to the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), texting while driving caused more fatal car accidents in Ontario than speed-related accidents in 2013. 78 people died as a result of texting while driving accidents compared to 44 lives lost due to speed-related accidents.
When Google Glass does become available in Ontario, legislators will have to think about amending current driving laws to address the use of Google Glass while driving. Though this technology has so much potential for users, it may also pose some risks for users, specifically Ontario drivers who wear the device while driving.
We don't want a new type of distracted driving, i.e., using Google Glass, to increase the number of fatal car accidents caused by distracted drivers in Ontario.
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