California Motorist Cleared in Google Glass Case
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California Motorist Cleared in Google Glass Case

California Motorist Cleared in Google Glass Case

The world is no stranger to developments and the latest one that seems to be becoming a trend is that of wearable devices. Several technology companies like Samsung Electronics, Sony Corp and Apple Inc. are working on introducing their own line of wearable devices that will help in improving the quality of life. One company that cannot be ignored in this context is Google Inc. The search engine giant has made a lot of headway in the market and has launched something truly unique in the form of Google Glass. They are light weight smart glasses that are basically a substitute of computers.

However, even though this technology is being developed and launched, there aren’t laws and rules that have been established concerning them. One such latest case concerning this technology arose when a woman was cited as she was driving while wearing Google Glass. But, the citation was thrown out by a San Diego traffic court against the woman who was reportedly driving when wearing the computer-in-glass eye device. It was ruled by Commissioner John Blair that Cecilia Abadie could not be declared guilty. This is due to the fact that she was cited for a code which demands proof that the device was being used.

No proof was found by Blair beyond a reasonable doubt. It is believed that Abadie was the first motorist to have been cited for wearing Google Glass while driving. She was also not found guilty for speeding. Google Glass is basically a device on frame and is very similar to normal glasses. They have a transparent display about the size of a thumbnail over the right eye. It was in October that Abadie was pulled over on a San Diego highway. She was wearing Google Glass, as noticed by the California Highway Patrol and a citation was tacked on that’s usually given to people when they are driving when a TV screen or video is on in the front of their vehicle.

In San Diego California court, Abadie had pleaded not guilty in response to both the charges that were levied against her. Willaim Concidine, her attorney had previously said that the device had not been in operation when she was driving. When Abadie’s citation had been made, it had been declared by the agency that anything could be declared dangerous if it took the driver’s attention away from the road. A tiny display and hidden camera can be found in the frames, which respond to voice commands.

There are different functions that can be performed with this technology such as checking emails, getting driving directions or checking the background of something the driver is looking at. Bills banning the use of Google Glass while driving have been introduced legislators in three states that are West Virginia, New Jersey and Delaware. No move has been made by other states as yet. Google’s website provides users with the advice of following the law and not hurting themselves and others by not paying attention to the road.


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