Reuters: (via DF)
Google Inc has deployed lobbyists to persuade elected officials in Illinois, Delaware and Missouri that it is not necessary to restrict use of Google Glass behind the wheel, according to state lobbying disclosure records and interviews conducted by Reuters.
I don’t think there are a lot of reasonable people still arguing today that texting while driving is safe.
No reasonable person who has used Google Glass could conclude that interacting with Glass while driving is substantially different from texting while driving.
There’s no gentler way to put this: When — not if — distracted drivers using Glass kill others or themselves in accidents, those deaths are now partly on Google.
Had Google just produced Glass, and harm resulted from misuse outside of their control, it wouldn’t be reasonable to ascribe much blame to them. But to actively fight against clear, valid safety concerns makes them an accomplice — morally, if not legally.
This action by Google is simply reckless, disgusting, and disgraceful.