One of the ticket officer of California Highway Patrol has ticketed Cecilia Abadie, a Google Glass Explorer for wearing the device while driving and also pointed the distracted driving and driving over the speed limit in the ticket.
Wearable computing devices, especially Google Glass is now the center of debates and discussions over the privacy issues and now comes a news of safety issues as the using Google Glass behind the wheel can also earn you a ticket from Police authority.
The authority pointed the use of the Google Glass while driving as same or equivalent to watching a TV device distracting the driver. According to the legal language behind California V C Section 27602 Television, the law that covers the use of tech-devices while driving:
A person shall not drive a motor vehicle if a television receiver, a video monitor, or a television or video screen, or any other similar means of visually displaying a television broadcast or video signal that produces entertainment or business applications, is operating and is located in the motor vehicle at a point forward of the back of the driver’s seat, or is operating and the monitor, screen, or display is visible to the driver while driving the motor vehicle.
There are many exceptions in the law, and one of them could consider Google Glass for Google Navigation use can be a valid exception:
A visual display used to enhance or supplement the driver’s view forward, behind, or to the sides of a motor vehicle for the purpose of maneuvering the vehicle.
Although the debate has just begun, some groups already advocating to exclude Google Glass from the law by posing it as a similar device to GPS, many local an state governments are still banned Google Glass a similar wearable computing (eye-wears).
As Google Glass to enter the market soon with full force, the new debates and laws erupting is a good sign for social wellness aware. But, I personally think that this device should not be used while driving for reading emails, notifications, playing games or whatever features except the navigation (still it can be distracting!). What is your view on this issue? Have a say in the comments field below.