In January 2015, Google pulled its high-tech eyewear off the market, and
the company announced that it had "reset" the project.
Google Glass made quite a splash in 2012, when it was unveiled at a designer's
convention. But some inside the project expressed dismay that the final
development had to take place in public. The pressure to release a final
product caused stress inside the team, which eventually led to Google
The wearable tech sparked a debate over technology vs. safety when a San
Diego woman was cited for
violating VC 27602, which makes it illegal to use a monitor that impedes driving. She was
not guilty on a technicality: the state could not prove that the device was on when
the woman was driving.
Google Glass may not be around anymore, but the questions remain. Hands-free
tech was conceived, in part, to help reduce the number of distracted drivers.
But has it helped or hurt?
A recent study found that
hands-free tech increases mental distraction, one of the three key components of distracted driving. Researchers speculated
that a stripped-down system with fewer features, as well as ending programs
that convert voice to text, could make hands-free cell phones safer.
But that's probably not going to happen. Most consumers in Tulare County
want more and not less. When the next generation of new cars appears in
showrooms near you, their hands-free systems will almost certainly have
more bells and whistles that their predecessors.
Despite efforts to essentially ban cell phones from cars, distracted driving
is still a significant problem. Expect the legislature to broaden these
laws in the near future.
Mark Bigger is committed to giving individuals a voice when dealing with
speeding and traffic tickets.