Charge Of Wearing Google Glass While Driving Tossed; Legality Unresolved


A San Diego traffic court commissioner dismissed a citation received by woman for wearing Google Glass while driving, says the San Diego Union-Tribune. In what's believed to be the first case of its kind nationwide, Commissioner John Blair found there wasn't enough proof that Cecilia Abadie was operating the computerized glasses while behind the wheel. She got a ticket for wearing Google Glass after being pulled over by a California Highway Patrol officer for speeding.

Blair also dismissed a speeding ticket, again because of lack of proof beyond a reasonable doubt. The case attracted national attention over whether voice-activated Google Glass — which has a reflective display screen visible on the right eye — contributes to distracted driving. Blair's ruling didn't break new ground on whether today's technology is contributing to drivers paying less attention to the road. Although she was wearing the glasses, Abadie said they were in sleep mode and therefore not operating when she was pulled over at about 7:30 p.m. “Unfortunately, we didn't get into the larger issue of whether driving with Google Glass while (the device) is operating is a violation or not,” said attorney William Concidine, representing Abadie.

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