A new Google Glass app for finding EV charging stations just launched this week, via one of the bigger EV charging station companies in North America, SemaConnect.
Not that I know anyone who actually uses the Glass, but I guess that this is a good thing. 🙂 The new app is called “SemaConnect for Glass,” and was designed very specifically with the Glass in mind — supposedly making the finding of said stations faster and easier.
The app works by: helping you to find the charging stations closest to you; providing you with turn-by-turn navigation to get there; and, once there, giving you the option of initiating a charging session.
“We are pleased to be offering an additional choice for electric vehicle drivers and to further enhance our eco-system with charging options,” stated Mahi Reddy, Founder and CEO at SemaConnect. “This innovative and ground-breaking new app gives drivers even more freedom to choose how they prefer to charge their vehicle, and showcases our commitment to developing cutting-edge applications in a tech-driven world.”
One question that arises, however, is the legality of using Google Glass while driving. Lawmakers in 8 states want to make it illegal to drive wearing Google Glass. Google is fighting that. A California woman got a distracted driver ticket for wearing Google Glass while driving but then had it dismissed because there was no proof she was wearing Glass while driving. We’ll see where things go.
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In related news — we recently covered the successful completion of a “first-of-its-kind, 24-day, 12,183-mile journey, the longest ever taken using nothing but electric power” by a different maker of EV-charging station finder apps, Rechargo.
That trip relied solely on Rechargo’s popular PlugShare app to navigate and locate charging stations. While there is of course still a great deal to be done until the nation’s EV-charging infrastructure is as developed as the gas station network, the trip does clearly show that if you want to get around using nothing but electricity, you certainly can.
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