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Traffic violators, beware! Dubai police will test out Google Glass to stop you in your tracks

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From hospitals trying to change the way they treat patients to airlines trying to do something different, Google Glass is continually implemented in many useful ways. You can now add the Dubai police force to the growing list, as an official with the emirate’s police force revealed to Gulf News that traffic officers will be testing out the device this week.

Dubai Police general director of smart services Colonel Khalid Nasser Al Razooqi didn’t indicate when the trial would be expanded to include other police officers. However, if the trials go well, the department will implement Glass more broadly as soon as it becomes available. “If it passes our testing criteria as well as we see that it is a useful device, then we might decide to launch it and buy more of it,” said Al Razooqi.

Al Razooqi confirmed that the police department has developed two custom applications, with one allowing police to capture and upload pictures of traffic violators and the other allowing police to identify wanted cars by looking at the license plate numbers. With the latter, Glass will cross-reference the plates with the traffic department’s wanted vehicles database. If there is a match, Glass will then alert the officer.

Unfortunately for Dubai Police, they might have to wait a while for Glass to arrive in the emirate. Even though Google is still running the Glass Explorer Program, with the company even putting the device up for sale to the general public several times, Google isn’t ready to bring Glass to other countries. When it does go on sale, Glass might encounter stiff resistance from consumers, if a survey indicating that 7 out of 10 Americans will avoid Glass is any indication.

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