Google Glass driver ticket lawsuit dismissed

Google Glass driver ticket lawsuit dismissed

Summary: A California woman ticketed for wearing Google Glass while driving is enjoying dismissal of the citation thanks to a decision in court that there wasn't proof the headset was operating at the time.

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A California driver is enjoying the dismissal of both a speeding ticket and fine for wearing Google Glass while driving, as a judge found insufficient evidence to hold up highway patrol claims.

Cecilia Abadie was pulled over by the California Highway Patrol in late October after the officer on duty claimed she was speeding. Once the driver pulled over and was spotted wearing her Google Glass headset, the officer then cited her for driving "with a monitor visible."

Google Glass is a headset which shows information on a small screen in the corner of a user's vision. The headset, which will soon be available commercially -- although currently limited to testers and developers called Explorers -- can show text messages, emails, maps, and can record video or take pictures. While some states have already moved to ban the use of the device while on the road, San Diego is yet to do so.

The officer cited California vehicle code 27602, which prevents a video display being used in front of the driver. Abadie said the headset was not being used at the time, and according to Reuters, San Diego Commissioner John Blair threw out the charge based on a lack of evidence that the device was in operation at the time of the offense.

In addition, the commissioner dismissed the speeding ticket for the same reason.

Outside of court on Thursday, Abadie told reporters that the wearable technology does not give drivers any "blind spot," commenting:

"I believe we have to start experimenting with devices like this. As a hands-free device it is safer than a cell phone."

The decision does not mean that Californian drivers now have the freedom to wear such devices without censure. Instead, it is up to duty officers as to whether a citation is needed -- but drivers retain the right to appeal tickets, in the same way as Abadie. Google said that device users should "always use Glass responsibly and put their safety and the safety of others first," stating:

"Glass is built to connect you more with the world around you, not distract you from it."

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  • Typos

    "to appeal tickets, in the same was as Abadie"
    Teach your transcriber 'grammatical English'....any English copy editor/transcriber would know that the word in question would be WAY....not WAS.

    Lets move copy editing/transcribing back to the United States and give some jobs to Americans....not Asians!
    electric800
  • Typos

    "to appeal tickets, in the same was as Abadie"
    Teach your transcriber 'grammatical English'....any English copy editor/transcriber would know that the word in question would be WAY....not WAS.

    Lets move copy editing/transcribing back to the United States and give some jobs to Americans....not Asians!
    electric800
  • They will just make it illegal to wear, on or off

    this is not an endorsement of the technology, just an issue were the officer can't prove without a lot of expensive research that the glasses were on.

    Much like in the past were you had to prove someone was drinking from the open container of alcohol, now just having the open container is enough to arrest and fine you.

    The same will apply here - on or off, just wearing them while driving will be illegal.
    William.Farrel
    • just wearing them while driving will be illegal.

      You may be right; that's how silly the law is. Fail to find the real criminal, so make EVERYONE a criminal.

      I guess it'll add extra income to local authorities.

      The whole thing is silly. Next they'll be arresting fighter pilots for having a head-up display.

      Glass COULD make driving much safer. Authorities should work with new technology to get the best - not knee-jerk ban it, just because it's Google.

      Outsourcing copy editing (as mentioned by the racist above) is one thing; outsourcing common sense is what will cripple America.
      Heenan73
      • Fail to find the real criminal?

        As much as many may think this is safe to use while driving, it isn't, nor will it make driving safer

        Don't forget - pilots don't have bumper to bumper tariff, their changes of running into something like another plane in the air is pretty remote.

        Taking their eyes off the "air" to focus in on the glasses usually don't result in a rear end collision.
        William.Farrel
        • Never seen an aerobatic display?

          If you think pilots have it so easy, you really shouldn't come out of your cave.

          To dismiss a new technology so blandly is simply luddite.

          For eample, if a 'rearend' was approaching, glass could detect and warn you faster than you could react (Google knows these things, they run driverless cars).

          And I'm sure the engineers working on it have considered ALL these issues - including safety.

          But don't worry, I'm aware that no amount of explanation will change the mind of a luddite google hater. I'll leave you rock quietly in your aluminum foil hat in your cave ;-)
          Heenan73
          • To dismiss a new technology so blandly is simply luddite?

            "And I'm sure the engineers working on it have considered ALL these issues - including safety"

            The problem (I'm guessing) is that these are from Google, and that's all you need to endorse them. If MS made these, you'd be crying how MS is out to kill drivers. I get that.

            I'm going by facts, and observations. There's nothing these glasses can give you to aid driving that isn't already safely available in your car right now. And they do not obstruct your vision in anyway, shape or form.

            The one thing you can't say about Google glasses is that they don't obstruct your view. They are DESIGNED to be seen by the human eye..
            William.Farrel
          • BTW - why would you assume that they considered saftey?

            They are out to sell these. It's up to the user to kill himself with them or not.

            We all know texting and driving kills, so why no safety device that would stop people from sending or receiving texts while they drive?

            Because safety is not an issue, it's up to the idiot texting while driving to decide if he wants to be a killer that day, or not.

            What does Google care if you rear end another car while wearing these? They got their money already.
            William.Farrel