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Is it illegal to wear an Apple Vision Pro headset while driving?

Answer: Well, it’s complicated.

An Apple Vision Pro headset on display in the Apple store.
It seems like a no-brainer that we shouldn’t use a spatial computing headset while driving. And yet, since Apple released its first one this year, videos have been surfacing online of people doing exactly that. It also seems like a no-brainer that doing so should be illegal, but the reality is not so cut and dry.

TechRadar recently checked in with state laws to find out if this is technically illegal behavior, and it turns out there are quite a few places where you might be able to get away with it. Connecticut, Washington, Wisconsin and Washington, D.C., laws that prohibit distracted driving define such an act as anything diverting the driver’s attention from the operation of the vehicle — it’s safe to assume this would include wearing a Vision Pro headset.

However, there are eight states where watching videos while driving is banned, but the language in those laws isn’t clear on whether the pass-through on a mixed-reality headset would fall under that category. In 35 states it is illegal to have a screen in a driver’s line of sight, but only if that screen is displaying traditional television, so streaming Internet content would not apply. Looks like it might be time for states to revisit their distracted driving laws.