Study reveals that texting with Google Glass is still dangerous

Although drivers are not required to use their hands when they message using Google Glass, this technology still creates a safety risk.

According to the Washington Post, Google Glass is a headset that a person wears like a pair of sunglasses. This technology includes a small, prism-like screen in the upper corner of the frame and gives users the ability to check their email, make calls, send text message and view other notifications without the use of their hands. Although this technology is supposed to make multi-tasking while driving a less dangerous task, a new study recently revealed that these glasses do not make text messaging and driving any safer.

This study was conducted by the University of Central Florida in partnership with the Air Force Research Laboratory and placed drivers who were in their forties in a driving simulator. During the simulation, a car in front of them would slam on their brakes and the researchers analyzed how the drivers would react. Upon conclusion of these simulations, it was discovered that the drivers who were messaging and driving while wearing Google Glass were equally slow to respond to this dangerous driving situation as drivers who used a mobile device to message.

The Three Types Of Distraction

Although using Google Glass to message others may be considered less dangerous than a traditional cellphone, it is still hazardous because it involves one of the three types of distraction. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, these include the following:

  • Manual-This occurs when a driver takes their hands off the steering wheel while they are operating a vehicle.
  • Visual-A driver becomes visually distracted when they take their eyes away from the road.
  • Cognitive-This type of distraction occurs when a person is no longer solely focused on driving.

Since drivers, even though they still have their eyes on the road and hands on the steering wheel, focus on something other than driving while they use Google Glass, this technology can be considered a form of cognitive distracted driving.

Cellphone Laws In West Virginia

While it is not illegal for drivers to use Google Glass and drive in West Virginia, Distraction.gov states that all drivers in the state, including novice drivers, are prohibited from text messaging and using a handheld device in general as they operate a vehicle. This is also a primary law, meaning that a law enforcement official can pull a driver over for using their cellphone even if they aren't disobeying the law in any other way.

Although engaging in any form of distraction is highly dangerous, many drivers continue to endanger the lives of others by using their cellphones and other electronic devices as they drive. If you were injured in a car accident caused by a distracted driver, consult with an attorney who can provide you with guidance at this time.

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