New Google Computer Glasses could cause legal problems for UK drivers


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Drivers face a £60 fine and three points on their licence if they are caught sporting Google’s latest gadget behind the wheel.

Google Glass, a “wearable computer” that has a small screen just above the right eye, allows users to take pictures, record video and read messages.

Although the technology is still being tweaked, the UK Department for Transport says it is “in discussion with the police”, amid fears the product may divert drivers’ attention from the road.

A spokesperson said: “It is important that drivers give their full attention when they are behind the wheel and do not behave in a way that stops them from observing what is happening on the road.

“A range of offences and penalties already exist to tackle those drivers who do not pay proper attention to the road, including careless driving which will soon become a fixed penalty offence.

“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.”

A spokesman for Google told Sky News that Glass is in the “early stages” of development and is not a finished product.

“We’re thinking very carefully about how we design Glass because new technology always raises new issues,” he said.

“Our Glass Explorer programme, currently only launched in the US, reaches people from all walks of life and will ensure that our users become active participants in shaping the future of this technology.”

Google Glass is expected to go on sale next year, priced at around £1,000.


Source – Sky News

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