When it comes to driving, Google may not be OK with Glass

Google has updated its terms of service with a note of caution about using its mobile services while driving

Google Glass

Google Glass

Google has acknowledged that the best time to be on your computer might not be while you're driving.

The company updated its terms of service this week and the new guidelines add a note of caution about road safety.

"Some of our services are available on mobile devices," the updated terms say. "Do not use such services in a way that distracts you and prevents you from obeying traffic or safety laws."

Questions about the legality of driving with Google Glass were raised last month when a California woman was ticketed for driving while wearing the head-mounted computer system.

In addition to speeding, the ticket included the violation, "Driving with monitor visible to driver (Google Glass)," which the driver posted on her Google+ page.

Google declined to say on Friday if its updated terms are referring specifically to Glass.

Whether Glass can be used while driving or bicycling depends on where you are and how you're using it, Google says on its Glass FAQ page.

"Whether or not any laws limit your use of Glass, always be careful," the company said.

Most states have passed laws limiting the use of mobile devices while driving a motor vehicle. In California, a portion of the Vehicular Code states that people can't drive if a display screen showing content for entertainment or "business" purposes is operating in front of the driver's seat.

Google appears to have given thought to Glass' safety in some pretty specific other situations too. While operating a jackhammer, "use caution," Google says on the FAQ site.

As for scuba diving? "Uhhh... no," Google says. Liquids and glass do not go well together.

(Martyn Williams in San Francisco contributed to this report.)

Zach Miners covers social networking, search and general technology news for IDG News Service. Follow Zach on Twitter at @zachminers. Zach's e-mail address is zach_miners@idg.com

Join the Good Gear Guide newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags Internet-based applications and servicesGooglesocial networkingmobilesocial mediainternetsearch enginesvideo

Our Back to Business guide highlights the best products for you to boost your productivity at home, on the road, at the office, or in the classroom.

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Zach Miners

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Most Popular Reviews

Latest News Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Azadeh Williams

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.

Andrew Grant

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.

Ed Dawson

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.

Michael Hargreaves

Windows 10 for Business / Dell XPS 13

I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.

Aysha Strobbe

Windows 10 / HP Spectre x360

Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!

Mark Escubio

Windows 10 / Lenovo Yoga 910

For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?