Google Glass faces UK driving ban - Updated

Google Glass
Credits: Giuseppe Costantino
2 Aug, 2013 5:30pm Nathan Velayudhan

Google Glass may pose safety issues for drivers, according to Department for Transport

British motorists could be banned from wearing Google Glass even though the product has yet to be released.

According to the Department for Transport, the wearable computer technology may act as a potential distraction for drivers, affecting road safety.

A DfT spokesman said: "We are aware of the impending rollout of Google Glass and are in discussion with the police to ensure that individuals do not use this technology while driving."

Google Glass, currently scheduled for a 2014 release date, is a wearable computer with an optical head-mounted display. Developed by Google, it can display information in a smartphone-esque manner, and interacts with voice commands, too.

While the use of sat-navs on a daily basis is not questioned a spokesman at DfT said: "It is important that drivers give their full attention to the road when they are behind the wheel and do not behave in a way that stops them from observing what is happening on the road."

"A range of offences and penalties already exist to tackle those drivers who do not pay proper attention to the road, including careless driving which will become a fixed penalty offence later this year."

In response, a Google spokesman told Auto Express: "We are thinking very carefully about how we design Glass because new technology always raises new issues.

"Our Glass Explorer programme, currently only launched in the US, reaches people from all walks of life and will ensure that our users become active participants in shaping the future of this technology."