Friday, 17 January 2014

Judge Dismisses Google Glass Driving Ticket

You may remember the case of Cecilia Abadie, a California woman who was cited last October for speeding and driving while wearing Google Glass by the California Highway Patrol (CHP). The highly publicized case went to court and a San Diego judge ruled that Abadie was not guilty for either charge.

Commissioner John Blair stated that there was not enough evidence to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the Google Glass device, which features a thumbnail-size transparent display above the right eye, was turned on while Abadie was driving the car.

"There is no testimony it was operating or in use while Ms. Abadie was driving," he said during the hearing, according to a Chicago Tribune report.

This is considered the first time someone has been cited for wearing the device while driving an automobile.

Abadie also had her speeding ticket dismissed because an expert did not appear to court to testify on the calibration of the officer's speedometer.

For those of you who wear Google Glass in your car, you need to keep in mind that the dismissal of the case does not give you a free pass nor does it set a precedent.

CNN reported that Google Glass wearers behind the wheel of a car could still be pulled over and cited by a cop. "Whether they get a warning or a ticket will be up to the individual officer. Getting a charges dismissed will then be up to individual traffic court judges", said the report.



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