Motorists in at least six states may be barred from using Google Glass, the eyewear device under test that can access the Internet and take photos with a blink.
Bills in West Virginia, Illinois and New Jersey would include Google Inc. (GOOG)’s glasses among hand-held mobile phones and other gadgets that are barred from use while driving. A measure in New York would make it illegal for motorists to wear Google Glass until the motor vehicle department recommends how a ban could be enforced.
Google, owner of the world’s largest search engine, has been investing in Glass as it bets consumers will shift to wireless devices that let them snap photos, check e-mail or listen to music without smartphones or traditional computers. Hyundai Motor Co. (005380), South Korea’s largest automaker, will include an application to synch Glass with its 2015 Genesis sedan. The bills may cramp Glass sales even as research shows it’s less distracting than smartphones and may be used to help drivers avoid hazards. Read Article