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Driving & Google Glass: Distracted Driving Accident Waiting to Happen or Latest in Cutting Edge Safety?

Posted by: Chad Hemmat | Friday, April 11, 2014 | 1 Comments | Back to Personal Injury Blog

personal injury treating doctorLast October in San Diego, California, a 44 year old software developer named Cecilia Abadie was pulled over by the California Highway Patrol for speeding. She was also ticketed for "distracted driving" because the patrolman observed that Ms. Abadie was wearing Google Glass while driving. She apparently was so brazen that she didn't bother to take them off while she was speaking with the officer.

For those of you not familiar with this latest creation from Silicon Valley, Google Glass allows a user to wear special glasses with a prism display on the right eye that displays much of the same things as a smartphone. Google Glass is basically a computer and monitor in an eyeglass.

Abadie, who apparently has more money than good sense, hired a California criminal attorney named William Concidine. Together, they successfully fought and won a dismissal of that ticket. At the end of the trial, the judge found that the prosecutors could not prove that Abadie was actually "using" her Google Glass while driving and dismissed the citation.

Abadie and her lawyer considered this a victory for individual freedom. But, many see this as a new and dangerous item that encourages distracted driving and takes drivers eyes off the road for extended periods of time.

Others point out that Google Glass may serve as high tech way for drivers to search for directions without taking their hands off the wheel or their eyes from the road. Also, Google Glass may be compatible with a new app created by DriveSafe which is designed to determine whether a driver is distracted or falling asleep behind the wheel.

Regardless of these tech-rationales for creating even one more distraction for already distracted drivers, certain states have already gone on the offensive to protect the public from driving while wearing Google Glass. Delaware, Illinois, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, West Virginia, and Wyoming are all considering laws that prohibit people from wearing Google Glass while driving in an effort to control distracted driving. These states have said they already have issues with drivers texting and getting in to serious accidents.

Conclusion:
At Anderson, Hemmat & McQuinn, we believe that drivers should avoid distractions at all costs by keeping both eyes on the road and both hands on the wheel at all times. While Google Glass may have some uses to protect drivers, it is ultimately just another distraction for already distracted drivers. If you have been injured in an auto collision caused by a distracted driver, please contact one of our experienced Denver accident attorneys today for your free personal injury case evaluation.


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Posted by: Simon Phoenix
If a driver gets lost, they might resort to reading street signs or looking down at a GPS. Reading and looking away from the road while driving are known to be dangerous activities. When using Google Glass for driving directions, a driver can navigate while keeping their eyes on the road and hands on the wheel at all times. In this case, Google Glass reduces driver distraction and might even improve road safety. This video shows how the Google Glass display remains off except during turns, so as not to be distracting. At the end of the video, another embedded video shows how Glass can be used completely eyes-free. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WYF5CXtg-tU


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