WSU researcher wants to make Google Glass safer

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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WICHITA, Kan. (AP) -- A Wichita State University instructor is conducting research aimed at making Google's Internet-connected eyeglasses safer for drivers.

Assistant psychology professor Jibo He runs the school's Human Automation Interaction Lab, which uses an advanced driving simulator, eye trackers and sensors to study how driving is affected by things like texting. He says texting impairs drivers' ability to follow the car in front of them and stay in their lane.

Currently, He is evaluating whether using Google Glass would influence driving performance the same way.

He's goal is to help improve Google Glass by making it less distracting and to develop new technologies to reduce driver distractions. His research also could inform lawyers, legislators, driver trainers and insurance companies on how to evaluate the risks of driving with Google Glass.

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