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Texting on Google Glass is just as dangerous as on a phone

Mariella Moon, @mariella_moon
September 26, 2014
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You'd think hands-free texting on Google Glass while driving would be a lot safer, but apparently, that's not the case. A team of University of Central Florida researchers got 40 subjects in their 20s to drive a simulator while texting a math problem using voice transcription on Google Glass. In particular, the researchers observed how fast the drivers slammed on their brakes when a car suddenly stops in front of them during the simulation. The result? In the words of team leader Ben Sawyer, they "didn't find a statistically significant difference between Google Glass and smartphones," as the testers who wore the eyewear were just as distracted.

The Glass users did recover from the event faster than their smartphone-toting peers, but the testers who used smartphones were a lot more careful after the near-collision, putting more space between their cars and the ones ahead. Sawyer hopes Glass can eventually lead to a technology that can deliver info while you're on the road without distracting you. For now, it's all just a matter of ignoring text messages while driving -- especially if it's asking you to solve trig and algebra problems.

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