Charge dismissed in Google Glass driving case

Jan. 17, 2014 at 12:17 AM
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SAN DIEGO, Jan. 17 (UPI) -- A California woman ticketed for wearing Google Glass while operating a motor vehicle won a dismissal Thursday at a hearing in San Diego.

For good measure, a traffic court judge also dismissed a speeding ticket issued to Cecilia Abadie of Temecula, finding there was no proof she was driving too fast, U-T San Diego reported. Commissioner John Blair agreed with arguments by Abadie's attorney that the California law barring drivers from using electronic devices or watching video or TV while driving does not cover Google Glass.

Abadie, believed to be the first person to be ticketed for driving while using Google Glass, was one of 10,000 people testing the device, a sort of wearable computer. Google expects to start selling them this year for $1,500 a pair.

A California Highway Patrol officer pulled her over in October.

Abadie said the computing function was not on while she was driving. Google Glass is designed to power down when not in use until the wearer touches the frame or makes a prescribed head gesture.

Google, on its website, warns users to obey all traffic laws and to use Google Glass safely.

Topics: Google
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