Do you remember the controversial ticketing to a Southern California resident for speeding and wearing Google Glass while driving? Now, both the charges were threw out by Commissioner John Blair for not having enough evidence to prove that the Google Glass was turned on at the time and pointed that wearing Google Glass while driving is not illegal, but keeping it in operational mode while driving is illegal.
In last October, The Police 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.
Many eyes of the technology field were anticipating this traffic court date to see the result of ticketing to a Google Explorer. Many people, most of them Google Glass defenders also defended Cecilia Abadie claiming that Glass could be used while driving as it won’t distract the driver, because it’s a voice controlled device and the user only has to glance up to view the display. Even many of them tweeted with #freececilia hashtag on Twitter, since the incident occurred.
On Google Glass’ official FAQ page, you will see this warning by the company:
“As you probably know, most states have passed laws limiting the use of mobile devices while driving any motor vehicle, and most states post those rules on their department of motor vehicles websites. Read up and follow the law! Above all, even when you’re following the law, don’t hurt yourself or others by failing to pay attention to the road.”
Meanwhile, Google spokesperson also responded with the following statement to CNN:
“Glass is built to connect you more with the world around you, not distract you from it. As we make clear in our help center, Explorers should always use Glass responsibly and put their safety and the safety of others first. It’s early days for Glass and we look forward to hearing feedback from Explorers and others in advance of a wider consumer launch this year.”
Delaware, New Jersey and West Virginia are the three US’ states, which already drafted laws to specifically ban Google Glass while driving.