California Woman Cited for Wearing Google Glass While Driving, Beats Ticket
January 17, 2014 9:52 AM
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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."
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RE: Glass should be banned while driving!!!!!!
1/20/2014 1:17:02 PM
Automotive HUDs give drivers information to aid their ability to DRIVE.
And GG can do the same exact thing. Again, the issue should not be Google Glass, or any other device, it should just be distracted driving, which is already in the books as a law. If you are distracted while driving, you should get a ticket. Just having a device available does not mean it is distracting.
Why the need to make new laws just because a new distraction comes out? What happens when Apple comes out with one, new law, now Samsung comes out with theirs - new law, now google makes a new one and calls it Google HUD - new law etc etc. Why make potentially 1000's of new laws, when it all already falls under distracted driving?
“So far we have not seen a single Android device that does not infringe on our patents." -- Microsoft General Counsel Brad Smith
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