LAS VEGAS -- Is Google Glass a clever way to transmit collision warnings to the motorist? Or is it just another potential distraction -- best employed before or after a trip?
The auto industry is about to find out.
At International CES, the consumer electronics show here, automakers and others showcased a variety of uses for wearable devices such as Google Glass.
Hyundai and Mercedes-Benz both announced plans to integrate Google Glass into their infotainment systems this year. And Harman International is tinkering with an app that would use it to display collision warnings.
There are some key differences in their approach to Google Glass, an eyeglasslike device that nestles an Internet browser by the viewer's right eye. By using voice commands and a small touchpad on the frame, the user can get maps and directions, take pictures, check the weather and so forth.
Because of its $1,500 price tag, Google Glass is still a novelty item, although sales will grow as prices decline.
Harman's developers view Google Glass as a useful conduit for safety warnings while a vehicle is in motion. That's because motorists can spot a warning icon on the Google Glass pane without taking their eyes off the road.
But Hyundai Motor Co. and Mercedes-Benz view it as a device to be worn before or after a trip but not while a vehicle is in motion.