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Android Wear might know if you’re a vehicle driver or a passenger!

It’s safer to reduce wearable device functions while driving but only if it’s done for the driver. Google has an idea how to let passengers still use their smartwatch while in the car.

Earlier this year Google was granted a U.S. patent for how wearable devices can detect if the wearer is driving or simply a vehicle passenger. Android Police spotted the official patent documents, which include the algorithm Google would use.

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Being a patent, the wording is broad and applies to wearable devices in general. With Google Glass now refocused on vertical markets, it’s more likely that Android Wear watches would be the first devices that could benefit from the patent.

By knowing if an Android Wear smartwatch or other wearable device is being used by a driver, Google could limit the amount of touchscreen interaction for safety reasons. In that case, perhaps the only way to use the watch would be through voice commands and audio feedback.

Since a vehicle’s passenger isn’t required to keep their eyes on the road, there’s no need to provide the same limitations to them. In fact, it would be downright annoying for the smartwatch to detect travel movement and reduce functionality for someone who’s along for the ride.

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