Google lobbies to stop anti-Glass legislation

As state leaders worry that Google Glass offers a threat to road safety, the search giant is said to be lobbying officials in U.S. states to stop proposed restrictions on its latest wearable gadget. Some eight U.S. states are mulling banning driving with headsets such as Google Glass. The pair of smart glasses with a tiny screen on the lens for accessing the Web, is causing quite a stir as it could distract drivers leading to accidents on the road.

“Google Inc has deployed lobbyists to persuade elected officials in Illinois, Delaware and Missouri that it is not necessary to restrict use of Google Glass behind the wheel,” said a report by Reuters.

The report added that Google hasn’t yet contacted other states like New York, Maryland and West Virginia who are considering anti-Glass legislation as well. New Jersey and Wyoming, on the other hand, haven’t shared much on their potential Glass regulations or whether they were contacted by Google or not.

Putting its lobbying face on, Google tried and defended the device saying that Google Glass isn’t widely deployed yet, so now introducing any sort of legislation on its use would be premature.

According to Google, tech issues are a big part of current policy discussions in the states. “We think it is important to be part of those discussions,” the company said in a statement.

“While Glass is currently in the hands of a small group of Explorers,” the company said, “we find that when people try it for themselves they better understand the underlying principle that it’s not meant to distract but rather connect people more with the world around them.”

[Source: Reuters]

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