Google is lobbying to allow its Google Glass eye glasses with built-in computers to be used in automobiles.
The company is lobbying officials in at least 3 states– Illinois, Delaware and Missouri– that are trying to stop use of Google Glass in cars due to driver distraction, reports Reuters.
About 8 states are considering legislation to restrict use of Google Glass in the car. The glasses use a tiny monitor in the corner of the screen to show anything from email to apps. But the glasses may also be used to aid driver attention, through an app, for instance, that might track eye movement and alert the driver that he’s dozing off.
Google claims that it’s too early to restrict use of the glasses in cars, because it’s not yet widely available. (It’s available in a trail to some users paying $1,500 for the glasses).
Illinois state Senator Ira Silverstein (D) said he met with Google lobbyists who tried to kill a proposed bill, reported Reuters.
So far, no states have passed a law to restrict Google Glass in the car.
Harman, Hyundai and INRIX have all recently demonstrated Google Glass apps for the car.
ABI Research says 90 percent of autos will be able to work with wearable gadgets (smart glasses or watches) within 5 years.