Brooklyn Assemblyman Felix W. Ortiz Pushes Ban on Google Glass | Fanboys Anonymous

Brooklyn Assemblyman Felix W. Ortiz Pushes Ban on Google Glass

Posted by Caelan Dooley Tuesday, January 28, 2014
In 2001, Assemblyman Felix W. Ortiz (D-Brooklyn) passed the bill that banned the use of handheld cellphones while driving. Thirteen years later, he has introduced legislation that may expand to include the use of Google Glass, saying it's just as dangerous as a cellphone, his website released earlier this month.

Ban on the use of google glass while driving
Google Glass - Google.com
"Okay Glass, take me home," a Glass wearer could say to retrieve turn-by-turn directions straight in front of his or her right eye. You may think this would be the answer to cellphone-free driving, but Ortiz thinks otherwise. 

With invasion of privacy and potential illegal recording in movie theaters at the forefront of the device's legal concerns, state legislatures are now pushing for a statewide ban on the use of Google Glass while driving.

There are yet to be any laws set in place against the use of Glass while driving, although California resident Cecilia Abadie was ticketed last October for speeding and driving while using Google Glass, San Diego Union-Tribune reported.

Google Glass turn-by-turn directions
Google Glass directions
"The recent case in California where a woman was ticketed for distracted driving because she was wearing Google Glasses while driving highlights the need for legislation to expressly prohibit the use of this extremely dangerous technology," Ortiz said on his website. "I will continue the fight to keep our highways safe as I have done for many years."

The amount of information Google Glass is able to convey has the potential to become a dangerous distraction for drivers.

A spokesman for Google told ABC News in October that users "should always use Glass responsibly and put their safety and the safety of others first."

Google Glass is not yet sold to the general public and is only available to a select few in the Google Explorer program. According to Google, the device can take pictures and video, give directions, translate your voice, answer questions, send a message, and provide information on flight times—all through the tiny screen above your right eye.

As far as safety goes while driving, Google Glass has a DriveSafe app that is intended to keep drivers awake, Buffalo News said. The app will project audible alerts if it senses that the driver is dozing behind the wheel.

Do you think the proposed legislation is fair? Let us know in the comment section below.
THIS POST WRITTEN BY: CAELAN DOOLEY

Caelan Dooley is a queer artist, activist, and writer, covering comics, tech, and video games. She regularly performs with the Rich Weirdoes, Orlando's Rocky Horror shadow cast. You can follow her on Twitter. Extended staff profile here.

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