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Google's birthday has shifted around over the years. While last year, the company celebrated its 15th birthday on Sept. 27, but in previous years the date shifted around the month of September. From the eighth year onwards, the company seemed to have settled on Sept. 27. While the exact year of Google's “birth” depends upon how you measure it, the Company is celebrating its 16th birthday.
To commemorate the event, I would like to feature this week’s Friday Distraction around the topic of Google Glass and driving. According to a recent article, via Socially Aware Blog, as Google Glass becomes more widely available, a number of states are considering legislation that would restrict drivers from using Glass and similar wearables on safety grounds. Even if ultimately adopted, however, would such laws be effective?
As first reported in the Wall Street Journal, Prof. Adam Gershowitz of William & Mary Law School, in a recent research paper, argues that such laws would be “practically unenforceable.” Prof. Gershowitz notes that most of the contemplated bills only prohibit using Glass while driving, yet a police officer would have no real way of knowing whether a driver wearing Glass is in fact using the device.
And while two bills under consideration would more broadly ban wearing Glass and other head-mounted wearables while behind the wheel, these bills overlook smart watches.
In any event, no matter the outcome of the proposed legislation, we can still wish Google a happy sweet 16, but just don’t drive around wearing your Google glasses.