West Virginia lawmakers have introduced a bill that would ban drivers from using Google Glass while behind the wheel. The Internet-connected device probably won't go on sale until late this year.
The bill specifies that the use of any "wearable computer with head mounted display" while operating a vehicle would result in a fine.
Rep. Gary G. Howell introduced legislation Friday that would amend existing laws against texting while driving. The bill doesn't mention Google Glass by name, although Howell told CNN he was inspired to amend the law after reading an article about the gadget.
"I actually like the idea of the product and I believe it is the future, but last legislature we worked long and hard on a no-texting-and-driving law," state Delegate Gary G. Howell, a Republican, told CNET. "It is mostly the young that are the tech-savvy that try new things. They are also our most vulnerable and underskilled drivers."
Check the bill status here.
Google Glass, which hasn't yet made its debut, displays information in a hands-free, can interact with the Internet via voice commands and uses Google's Android operating system. The technology is known as augmented reality.
"We are putting a lot of thought into the design of Glass because new technologies always raise new issues," Google said in a written statement. "We actually believe there is tremendous potential to improve safety on our roads and reduce accidents. As always, feedback is welcome."
Google has said its Glass headset could offer turn-by-turn navigation, with voice commands, to enhance the driving experience.
Earlier this month, the 5 point dive bar in Seattle became the first business to ban the device over privacy concerns because it can transmit and receive sound or video.
Google is also testing a driver-less car
Other issues that have been addressed regarding Google Glass is privacy.