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Google Glass ticket tossed due to lack of evidence

At times new technology not only creates a rush of similar products, but it can cause issues for the early adopters. Just look at the confusion among some businesses and even local authorities having to do with the Google Glass wearable computing device. One restaurant in Seattle has already banned people from wearing Google Glass devices inside and makes no apologies for doing so.
 
A woman in California was issued a traffic citation while driving and wearing her Google glass device back in October. The woman was initially pulled over for speeding and was then issued a ticket for using a “visual monitor” in her car while driving.
 
The highway patrol officer said that wearing Google Glass was a violation of state law, but the woman vowed to fight that ticket and took it to court. A San Diego court commissioner dismissed the ticker this Thursday after it was found that the officer had no proof that the device was operating at the time she was pulled over.

 
"There is no testimony it was operating or in use while Ms. Abadie was driving," the commission stated during the hearing.
 
Another reason for the dismissal is that an expert didn’t appear to testify that the device had been calibrated.
 
The officer who issued the ticket for speeding and for wearing Google Glass noted that he initially wasn’t going to cite the driver for wearing the glasses, however, he noted, "She got a little argumentative about whether or not it was legal for her to wear them."

Source: Reuters



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Visual Monitor
By Blckadder on 1/17/2014 11:37:56 AM , Rating: 2
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using a “visual monitor” in her car while driving


That's extremely ambiguous... Most cars these days have LCD screens that tell some sort of information built into the dash so by that definition checking how fast you're going is illegal. Also, any "thing" that you look at for information should be considered a "visual monitor". I would hope the actual law is a bit more defined, but I honestly doubt it.




RE: Visual Monitor
By wookie1 on 1/17/2014 2:23:09 PM , Rating: 2
Why is it distracting to look at a display showing a camera image of the rear view from your car, but not distracting to look at the rear view mirror? I agree also, with LCD screens in the dash now, how is that not distracting?


RE: Visual Monitor
By mchentz on 1/18/2014 8:15:49 PM , Rating: 2
gotta post


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