Is Google Glass Safe for Drivers?

Google Glass is a new product that resembles a futuristic form of eyewear, but is not intended to improve vision. Instead, Google Glass projects images outward and slightly above the visual field, providing its users with a completely mobile and hands-free computer monitor.

Google Glass may be used to send and receive emails, browse the web, and perform other functions associated with larger computers or smart phones. However, due to its easy mobility and hands-free operation, it may also increase instances of distracted driving when released to the general public.

Taking Attention from the Road

A driver’s risk for causing a car accident is increased three times when attention is diverted to something else. This increased risk goes up 23 times when the distraction is a text message, largely due to the combination of manual and mental attention required for that task.

Google Glass does not require manual manipulation, but it does take a driver’s eyes and mind off of the road, placing fellow motorists at risk for serious injury. Some states have already classified Google Glass as a video monitor, which makes using the product while driving illegal.

How Vermont and New Hampshire respond to the risks of using Google Glass while driving is yet to be seen, but the car accident attorneys at Van Dorn & Curtiss are here to fight for your rights regardless of how our states classify this new form of driver distraction.

If you or a loved one has been the victim of a distracted driver, please contact The Law Offices of Van Dorn & Curtiss or call (603) 556-4148 to schedule a free consultation with one of our auto accident attorneys.


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