Driving under the influence of Google Glass to be banned in UK ahead of launch

UK drivers are highly likely to be banned from wearing Google Glass headsets under plans being considered by the Department for Transport (DfT).

Pre-emptive measures are being drawn up so that Google’s hands-free device is treated in a similar way to mobile phones over fears tthat he concentration of drivers will be impaired.

“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,” a DfT spokesperson told Stuff magazine.

A driver that is found using Google Glass is would be subject to a £60 fixed penalty notice and three points on their license – the same penalty for using a mobile phone while driving, which was prohibited at the end of 2003.

A Google spokesperson responded to the plans by telling Stuff: “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.”

David Bizley, technical director at motoring firm RAC, agreed with the move, telling the Daily Mail: “Usually, common sense is the best benchmark for making a decision about whether technology can make driving safer and easier and it seems the Government has taken the right course by being cautious when it comes to the use of Google Glass.”

Google Glass is set for a wider release next year and there are plenty of challenges the device needs to overcome with worries over everything from privacy and user experience to social awkwardness.

For more on that, be sure to check out our feature on the top 5 challenges faced by Google Glass.

The smart headgear still has no definitive consumer price, but after Explorer Editions were rolled out to trial participants for $1,550 (£990) back in February.