DriveSafe app for Google Glass stops tired drivers nodding off at the wheel

drivesafe app for google glass stops you nodding off at the wheel

If all goes to plan, this could be the year when Google Glass finally gets a commercial release. With the Mountain View company for the last year or so rolling out monthly software updates for its face-based computer, backed up by a slew of Explorers testing out the device and developing apps for it, Glass already appears to be pretty much good to go.

As we wait for official word from Google on a release date, developers are continuing to work on a range of apps so the device can launch with a decent library of offerings for early adopters.


One such app in the early stages of development may end up saving lives if it eventually finds its way into Google’s Glass-dedicated MyGlass store. Called DriveSafe, the software is designed to issue a visual and audible alert if it senses you’re nodding off at the wheel. It’ll even direct you to the nearest rest area so you can grab some much-needed shut-eye before continuing your journey.

It’s activated with a command that may or may not instill confidence in a driver’s fellow passengers – “OK Glass, keep me awake” – and works via an infrared sensor and tilt sensor. While the infrared sensor detects eyelid movement, the tilt sensor picks up on if your head starts lolling about as you begin to doze off.

The as-yet unfinished version, which, it should be noted, “is not yet guaranteed to stop you from falling asleep while driving”, can currently be sideloaded onto Glass, with the team planning to submit a presumably fully reliable version to the MyGlass store once development is complete.

However, with Google, as well as various state authorities, currently going through a process of evaluation with regards to drivers’ use of Glass, it’s not sure if such an app will make it through to the store.

Google’s current terms of service stipulate that its products and services should not be used “in a way that distracts you and prevents you from obeying traffic or safety laws,” though no direct reference is made to Glass.

Meanwhile, on its Glass FAQ page, Google has this to say about using the device while driving: “As you probably know, most states have passed laws limiting the use of mobile devices while driving any motor vehicle, and most states post those rules on their department of motor vehicles websites. Read up and follow the law.”

Last month it was reported that Illinois state Senator Ira Silverstein had filed legislation to ban vehicle owners from driving while wearing Glass, while all eyes are on a court case this month in which California woman Cecilia Abadie is set to defend herself against a charge of distracted driving while wearing Glass – the Explorer hit the headlines in October for becoming the first person ever to get a ticket for driving while wearing Google’s high-tech specs.

[Source: DriveSafe; PC World, TechHive]


Kia’s HabaNiro concept is an autonomous electric car that knows when you’re sad

Debuting at the 2019 New York Auto Show, the Kia HabaNiro concept is supposed to preview the future of the everyday car. That future will include artificial intelligence tech that can read the driver's emotions, according to Kia.

The 2020 Subaru Outback wants to take you to (and teach you about) the outdoors

The Outback is one of Subaru's most significant models, so the Japanese firm couldn't afford to make a mistake when it overhauled the model. The sixth-generation Outback is still rugged but more user-friendly than ever before.

The Pixel 3 range will soon be coming to T-Mobile's network

Google's latest flagships, the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, are now official and we have all the details from the October 9 event in New York City and Paris. Here's everything we know about the Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL.

The 100 best Android apps turn your phone into a jack-of-all-trades

Choosing which apps to download is tricky, especially given how enormous and cluttered the Google Play Store has become. We rounded up 100 of the best Android apps and divided them neatly, with each suited for a different occasion.

The Pixel 3a and 3a XL will be coming to the U.S. with T-Mobile

The Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL are considered to be two of the best Android smartphones, but it looks like Google could be prepping a midrange line. Say hello to the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL.

Keep your new iPad (2018) sparkling with the best screen protectors

Your iPad sports a stunning 9.7-inch screen and you'll want it to stay that way. The best iPad (2018) screen protectors guard against cracks, scratches, and even smudging from your fingers. Check out our top picks here.

Intel gives up on 5G modems for smartphones, will focus on other devices

After a delay that saw Intel's manufacture of 5G modems pushed back to 2020, Intel has given up on the 5G modem business, and will focus its efforts elsewhere. But is something else to blame?

The black satin Razer Phone 2 is now available for $500

The Razer Phone 2 is finally here, and it's got upgraded specs, that super-smooth 120Hz display, and an updated design. Here's absolutely everything you need to know about the Razer Phone 2.

The best LG G7 ThinQ cases will keep your phone looking new

The LG G7 ThinQ comes with a powerful processor, versatile cameras, and amazing sound. But a powerful phone still needs protection and you might want to change the style. Here are the best LG G7 ThinQ cases.

Multiple phone leaks show May 21 is going to be a big day for Honor

Honor will launch at least one new smartphone on May 21, at an event taking place in London. Leaks have indicated the Honor 20 will take center stage, with a Lite version, and perhaps even another model also showing up on the day.

Breaking news: Samsung responds to reported Galaxy Fold display issues

The Samsung Galaxy Fold has arrived, and it goes on sale soon. Folding out from a 4.6-inch display to a tablet-sized 7.3-inch display, this unique device has six cameras, two batteries, and special software to help you use multiple apps.

The Avalon V is Alcatel’s first Verizon-exclusive smartphone

Alcatel is has announced a new phone, the Avalon V -- but this budget device isn't what makes the announcement special. It's Alcatel's first phone on the Verizon network, and it's available now.

Big, beautiful, and breakable: Check out the best Galaxy S8 Plus cases

There’s no denying Samsung’s ability to turn out an attractive smartphone, but glass curves are expensive to fix and metal chips easily. We've rounded up the best Galaxy S8 Plus cases on the market.

Sidestep banking fees with the nationwide launch of T-Mobile Money

T-Mobile has launched its Money banking service nationwide in the U.S., and it offers an extremely tempting set of features for everyone, including industry-leading interest rates, a powerful app, and no banking fees.