Following a summit earlier this month that saw the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, & Transportation press tech companies on solutions to minimize distracted driving, Reuters reports that Google is fighting back against new legislation that would regulate use of Google Glass behind the wheel:
Google is lobbying officials in at least three U.S. states to stop proposed restrictions on driving with headsets such as Google Glass, marking some of the first clashes over the nascent wearable technology.
Some eight U.S. states are considering regulation of Google Glass, a tiny computer screen mounted in the corner of an eyeglass frame. Law enforcement and other groups are concerned that drivers wearing the devices will pay more attention to their email than the road, causing serious accidents.
The report adds that Google has lobbyists attempting to convince government officials in Delaware, Missouri, and Illinois that Glass is safe to use while driving. While no state has yet passed a bill restricting use of Google Glass specifically, it appears that at least some officials won’t be backing down from the proposed legislation despite Google’s efforts: Read more