The results are in from the very first scientific study to explore texting with Google Glass while driving. Not surprisingly, the findings of the University of Central Florida study indicate that texting is distracting no matter what device you use. There was an interesting twist though, as reported by UCF Today:
“In the study, texting Glass users outperformed smartphone users when regaining control of their vehicles after a traffic incident.”
UCF researcher Ben Sawyer, who holds degrees in both Psychology and Industrial Engineering, thinks that the elevated performance of Glass wearers means an opening exists for Google to improve the product’s safety features. If they can a way to deliver information in a way that minimizes distraction, there’s a chance that wearing Glass behind the wheel could even be beneficial.
The problem for now and in the future is that state and local governments can’t trust drivers not to use Glass in ways that are distracting. This is why legislation should be put forth that totally restricts usage.
Until we make the total and absolute transition to driverless cars, it’s for the best if Google Glass rides shotgun.
Paul Taylor is the executive vice-president of special projects at the Pew Research Center and author of the book The Next America. An expert in demographic, social and generational research, Taylor recently visited Big Think to discuss the millennial generation.