Google is lobbying politicians in at least three U.S. states, to make sure proposed legislation–that would put a hamper on Google Glass use while driving–is stopped before it even gets a chance to live.
According to a report this morning from Reuters, eight U.S. states are currently considering legislation that will stop Google Glass from being used on the road, with “law enforcement and other groups” concerned that you’ll be too distracted checking your text messages to be able to drive safely.
Delaware state Rep. Joseph Miro was one of the primary sponsors of a bill that banned texting while driving, and he also introduced legislation targeting Google Glass. So far, no states have passed Google Glass restrictions.
“I’m not against Google or Google Glass. It may have a place in society,” said Miro, a Republican. “My issue is that while you are driving, you should have nothing that is going to impede the concentration of the driver.”
According to state lobbying disclosure records and interviews conducted by Reuters, Google has dispatched persons to Illinois, Delaware, and Missouri to convince elected officials that there is no reasons to regulate the device. However, legislators in New York, Maryland, and West Virginia have yet to be contacted by Google according to the report.
How are Google’s lobbyists convincing politicians that such legislation is currently premature? Apparently, the Mountain View, California company is suggesting that this is the case because the device is not yet widely available, and not yet fully understood.
While Google may be pushing hard to keep its new head-mounted device out road regulation, it seems as if Google Glass users are pushing to keep these bills at bay as well. House of Delegates member Gary Howell, a West Virginia Republican, said he has heard concerns from Google Glass owners whom oppose the bill but not from the company itself.