The banhammer is being wielded by Gary G. Howell, a Republican in the West Virginia Legislature, who has proposed a bill that prohibits the operation of a “motor vehicle [while] using a wearable computer with a head-mounted display.”
Howell sees the measures as a continuation of the state’s no-texting-while-driving law.
“I actually like the product and I believe it is the future,” the politicians said of Google Glass. “It is mostly the young that are the tech-savvy that try new things. They are also our most vulnerable and underskilled drivers.”
Certain people–a law-enforcement officer, a firefighter, an emergency medical technician, a paramedic, or the operator of an authorized emergency vehicle in the performance of their official duties–will be exempt from the law.
One group eager to see whether or not the legislature makes it onto the state statute book is the Stop The Cyborgs petition signatories, whose aim is to “fight the algorithmic future one bit at a time.”
What do you think? Is Gary G. Howell on the right road with his proposed law, or do you think he’s on a highway to hell with this idea? Have any of you worn Google Glass while driving yet, or do you think the combination, rather like alcohol and valium, is a bad one? Steer your answers into the comment box below, please.
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