California woman ticketed for driving with Google Glass

LOS ANGELES Thu Oct 31, 2013 1:36pm EDT

LOS ANGELES Oct 31 (Reuters) - A woman testing the prototype device Google Glass was ticketed in San Diego this week for driving wearing the glasses with a built-in computer and miniature display, in a case that has drawn the focus of technology enthusiasts on social media.

The driver was pulled over on a freeway for speeding on Tuesday evening. The police officer gave her a second citation for driving "with a monitor" in violation of state law, according to California Highway Patrol spokesman Officer Marc Hale.

The citation was issued on Interstate 15 in San Diego, he said, without identifying the driver.

In a post to social networking site Google Plus, technology entrepreneur Cecilia Abadie said she was the driver stopped by the California Highway Patrol on suspicion of speeding and she displayed her citation online.

"A cop just stopped me and gave me a ticket for wearing Google Glass while driving!" Abadie wrote in the post.

It was not immediately clear if Abadie was the first person cited for wearing Google Glass while driving, but Hale said he was not aware of anyone in California ever being cited for using the technology while behind the wheel.

Google Inc's eyewear Glass is not available for sale to the general public. The company is testing the product with the help of thousands of so-called Explorers who have been given early access to the technology.

On the technology website CNET, writer Lance Whitney wrote that Abadie's infraction "does pose a thorny legal question that police, judges and drivers will have to face as these wearable devices become more prevalent."

Abadie, who is listed on LinkedIn as the founder and developer at technology firm 33 Labs in Southern California, could not be reached for comment on Thursday.

On her Google Plus page, a number of online commentators suggested that Abadie contest the ticket, with one person comparing her offense to having a cell phone in a pocket.

Others criticized Abadie for her alleged speeding. Her citation says the California Highway Patrol officer estimated she was driving 80 mph in a 65 mph zone.

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jtmkinsd wrote:
This is what we need in California…drivers hurtling down the freeway while they’re looking up and to the right to focus on…ummm…NOT the car in front of them? It’s hard enough keeping people off their freakin cell phones and driving all over the road. This should not be an infraction, it should be a misdemeanor as it is willful endangerment of the rest of us who use the roads responsibly.

Oct 31, 2013 1:54pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Wearing Google Glass does not mean you are looking at a display constantly. 99% of the time the display is off and will never turn on to show a text or notification unless the user interacts with it. This device is great for driving because it is a hands-free GPS that projects an image in-front of the car. I’ve been using it every day for six months while driving and I feel it is far safer than any other GPS, which have their screens on 100% of the time. Glass’s display only illuminates when it’s time to turn, it shows the map for five seconds, then turns off. The whole point of Google Glass is to minimize distractions, it does.

Oct 31, 2013 3:05pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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