The Department of Transport is concerned about the potential for distraction that could result from using Google Glass while driving and has taken pre-emptive action to block the device ahead of its launch next year.

The Google Glass spectacles include a small screen that can be used to deliver directions, social media streams and web pages just above the right eye. The wearable computer allows wearers to take a picture, record a video and read messages.

However, the DfT claims that Google Glass has no place on the UK’s roads as it will be a dangerous distraction for drivers.

A Department for Transport spokesman told Techworld: “We are aware of the impending rollout of Google Glass and are in discussion with the Police to ensure that individuals do not use this technology while driving.

“It is important that drivers give their full attention to the road when they are behind the wheel and do not behave in a way that stops them from observing what is happening on the road. A range of offences and penalties already exist to tackle those drivers who do not pay proper attention to the road including careless driving which will become a fixed penalty offence later this year.”