Not Guilty: Google Glass Wearer Cleared in Traffic Court
Official says there's no proof that Cecelia Abadie's device was on at the time
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 16, 2014 7:10 PM CST
Cecilia Abadie wears her Google Glass as she talks with her attorney outside of traffic court in this file photo.   (Lenny Ignelzi)

(Newser) – It's a Google Glass legal precedent: A San Diego traffic court threw out a citation today against a woman who was wearing the device while driving. Commissioner John Blair ruled that Cecilia Abadie was not guilty because the code she was cited for requires proof that the device was in operation. Blair found there was no proof beyond a reasonable doubt. Abadie is believed to be the first motorist cited for wearing Google Glass while driving. She was also found not guilty of speeding.

Abadie, a software developer, is among some 30,000 people called "explorers" who have been selected to try out Google Glass before the technology becomes widely available to the public later this year. She got pulled over in October on a San Diego freeway. The California Highway Patrol officer saw she was wearing Google Glass and tacked on a citation usually given to people driving while a video or TV screen is on in the front of their vehicle.

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Jan 25, 2015 3:36 PM CST
Stupid. Issuing a ticket in such cases gives cops a bad reputation.
Jan 22, 2014 2:37 PM CST
What I'm curious about is can you record a confrontation with police using the glass? You know how much cops hate being videoed when they are misbehaving. It would be so nice if you could record the police and have the video get stored away in the cloud or on you're computer at home so if the police did confiscate your glass they couldn't destroy your recordings? Did some research only to find you can only record for a few seconds. This needs to be changed to up to an hour for it to stop police brutality and abuse of power. Other wise police will contine to be able to go into court and lie.
Jan 17, 2014 10:32 AM CST
Glass has the potential to make the roads safer. Remember Mercedes or BMW's obstacle enhancing windshield overlays/heads up displays? Night driving: there's an app for that. I think we have to be careful not to over-regulate this technology. There could be progress made on a lot of fronts. Certainly you don't need your Facebook feed or text messages scrolling along while you're driving, but let's not stifle innovation here.