EV Charging Station App For Google Glass Launched

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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.

Image Credit: Tedeytan
Image Credit: Tedeytan

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.”

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Image Credit: Robert Scoble

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.

For some other cleantech Google Glass apps, see:

Tesla Google Glass App Introduced — “Glass Tesla”

Google Glass Helps Solar Power Field Techs

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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