First Google Glass driver ticket case dropped

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by Claire Vanner| 17 January 2014

No proof defendant was operating wearable tech while driving.


The first motorist to be ticketed for driving while wearing Google Glass has had her case dropped in California.

Web and mobile app developer, Cecilia Abadie, was originally charged for speeding and wearing the computer eyewear under the assumption that she was driving with a 'visible monitor'.

However, a San Diego court commissioner ruled on Thursday that there was no proof beyond a reasonable doubt that Abadie was operating the device at the time.

The visible monitor ruling usually bars drivers from watching a television screen as it restricts their vision and attention.
After the ruling, Abadie said the glasses do not give drivers any "blind spots."

Despite not being charged with speeding or operating the wearable tech, Abadie said she hoped the court would have ruled that Google Glass is legal to wear while driving whether activated or not.

"I believe we have to start experimenting with devices like this," Abadie told reporters. "A hands-free device is safer than a cell phone."

The case comes as legislators in Delaware, New Jersey and West Virginia have introduced bills that would ban driving with Google Glass.

Google's website contains advise for users: "Read up and follow the law. Above all, even when you're following the law, don't hurt yourself or others by failing to pay attention to the road."

Picture courtesy of Reuters

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