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Department for Transport set to ban Google Glass for helmets

It was hoped that Google Glass technology could be implemented into bikers' helmets
It was hoped that Google Glass technology could be implemented into bikers' helmets
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Monday, 05, Aug 2013 03:15

by Daniel Mackrell

The Department for Transport (DfT) has said that it will not be acceptable to use the new Google Glass technology while riding a motorbike.

The software is set to take the world by storm when it is publicly released in 2014, but fears that users could be distracted has prompted the DfT to think carefully about whether to allow the technology on the roads.

A spokesperson for DfT told Stuff.tv: "We are aware of the impending roll-out of Google Glass and are in discussion with the police to ensure that individuals do not use this technology while driving."

It was also hinted that anyone caught using the software on the road could be punished: "A range of offences and penalties already exist to tackle those who do not pay proper attention to the road including careless driving which will become a fixed penalty offence later this year."

If a punishment matching current mobile phone laws were put in place for Google Glass, then this would mean someone caught using the technology on the road could risk a £60 fine and three points on their licence.

The news will be of great disappointment to riders that were hoping to use the technology for uses such as built-in navigation for motorbike helmets.

LiveMap was seeking funding earlier this year to design a motorbike helmet that integrated the same technology as Google Glass with the aim of making it available from 2014.

However, it now seems that the design won't be allowed to be put to use in the UK any time soon.

Google Glass has already been banned for motorists in West Virginia and Delaware, with the aim of tackling the issue before it becomes common-place on the road.

One opportunity this would deny motorbike riders is the chance to record road journeys.

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