The wearable technology known as Google Glass has been banned for drivers in the UK. The Department for Transport has put the kibosh on this new technology whose ethical limitations are just coming to the fore now.
Even before the arrival of the wearable high tech Google Glass in the UK, drivers are being warned of its dire consequences. In fact, a public prohibition has been put in place. It is said to supposedly distract vehicle owners from concentrating while driving on the road. Already the device that fits on the bridge of your nose is being outlawed in various other locations.
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Clubs and eateries are two of the sites which are off-limits for the novel technology. The dangers of surreptitiously taking photographs and spying on unsuspecting people are risks which are averted via this strategy. However, the latest ban on employing it while driving also handicaps many of its useful functions such as navigational capabilities.
Google Glass was supposed to be a carry-wherever-you-like device. Yet the severe restrictions being placed on it have really hindered its future scope. While one’s hands are free to use the steering wheel and gear shift, it is the eyes that the Department of Transport is worried about. Taking them off the road for even a second or two may lead to a near fatal accident.
UK department for transport is looking in the direction of what sort of laws to implement. These include a hefty fine for those caught wearing the device while driving their vehicle and point reduction from their driving license. Maybe the police are being a little too careful. But in matters of driving, behavior has to be very fine tuned. The slightest distraction or diversion may mean the difference between life and death. The fact remains that it is a little difficult to catch anybody wearing the device since it is very inconspicuous.