We use cookies to provide you with a better experience. If you continue to use this site, we'll assume you're happy with this. Alternatively, click here to find out how to manage these cookies

hide cookie message
79,864 News Articles

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 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


IDG UK Sites

45 Best Android games: top Android games for your smartphone or tablet in 2014 (24 are free!)

IDG UK Sites

How Apple, Adobe, Microsoft and others have let us down over UltraHD and hiDPI screens

IDG UK Sites

Do you have the X-Factor too? Mix Off app puts fans in the frame

IDG UK Sites

iPad Pro release date, rumours and leaked images - 12.9 screen 'coming in 2015'