Wichita State University researcher Jibo He takes to the road in a simulator in search of answers about the safety of Google Glass for drivers.


Feb 27, 2014

The safety of driving while wearing Google Glass is back in the news this week, and one researcher tells us that it’s less distracting to use while driving than a smartphone.

Driver safety expert Jibo He, a Wichita State University assistant professor, gave me a preview recently of results from his research into how Google Glass and smartphones affect driver distraction.

He first explained his project to Glass Almanac in December. “Glass may have some benefits over conventional smartphone use while driving too,” He said at the time.

Now, his results back up that benefit.

Lane-keeping performance: Smartphone users were more likely than Glass users to deviate from their lane while looking at information displayed on their devices; unintended lane departures raise the risk of colliding with other vehicles. On this measurement, Glass users had no statistically different likelihood of departing from their lane compared to test participants who were just driving and weren’t using Glass or a smartphone.

Lane excursions: This part of the study measured how often — and for how long — drivers drift out of their lane before correcting and pulling back into their own lane. Smartphone users took longer to correct their driving direction than Glass users or just plain drivers.

Several other results in the study also indicated the benefits of Glass over smartphones; for example, Glass users drove slower than smartphone users and followed other vehicles less closely, two driving behaviors that may reduce the risk of crashes.

He’s conclusions, set to be published this spring, could be of interest to legislators in at least eight states said to be considering new laws banning or restricting the use of Glass by drivers. The first known traffic ticket issued to a Glass user, Cecilia Abadie of San Diego, was dismissed by a judge who said there was no evidence Abadie was actually using Glass at the time of the citation. But his ruling didn’t address whether the existing traffic law at issue actually applies to Glass.

What’s your view? If you are a Glass user, do you wear the device while driving? How would you rate your sense of driving safety while doing so?

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