We’ve all heard the stories about the fabled Google Glass project; a technology that will change the world and the way humans go about their daily lives. The specs are expected to release in 2014 but there are numerous people who have been selected to receive an early pair very soon this year. With the release, some questions arise. How will this technology change and improve our current lives? Will Google Glass become and essential commodity? When will the product be most useful?
A major debate that is ongoing and will continue once consumers grab hold of the product is whether the Glass can be used while operating a motor vehicle. Legislators are currently trying to introduce bills restricting the use of the glasses while driving, as the product can be a major distraction for any driver. For example, lets say you’re driving on a winding road late at night. Small, almost meaningless text alerts, email notifications, and calendar events can distract even the most proficient driver. I know I’m not caring about so-and-so’s birthday on Facebook when I’m driving at midnight; why would I want it to appear right in front of my face?
Others argue,however, that the Google Glass technology has the potential to make positive contributions to a driver that outweigh the dangers. Google is famous for it’s Maps application and implementing navigation in a transparent screen can be a hands-free solution to the typical dashboard GPS which requires tinkering for several minutes before (and sometimes during) driving. Since the glass is an example of an emerging technology, there’s no telling what other applications may be developed strictly for driving. With just a little bit of effort attempting to make driving easier, the glass could develop apps to display a speedometer, change music, or turn on the air conditioning without having to physically do so or even turn away from the road. Pushing the possible dangerous alerts to the side, safety is provided by the driver always paying attention to driving while their route, speed, and other automobile accessories is displayed right in front of his or her face.
There is definitely a solution to be found when weighing the benefits from the glass alongside the distractions of everyday social media and technology. Certainly, the glass can be seen in some ways as destructive like if the driver was surfing the web while driving. However, these positive effects cannot go unnoticed. In order to dodge this double-edged sword and ensure technology is perfecting our society, a simple “Driving Mode” should be developed for the Google Glass. With this so-called “Driving Mode,” the glass could stop pushing cell phone and social media notifications to the glass and allow the driver to use apps relating strictly to driving. Once the driver steps out of the vehicle, the glass would recognize and switch back to it’s regular mode, able to perform it’s abilities normally.
Will there be a sound way to implement Google Glass behind the wheel?