Why You Should Think Again Before Wearing Google Glass Behind the Wheel

Cecilia Abadie is one of the select people Google has tapped to try their new glass, a product that promises to revolutionize the way we gather and use information. But when Abadie was pulled over recently and given a ticket for wearing her Google Glass while driving, she learned the hard way that it is illegal to do so in California.


Source: Cecilia Abadie

On the ticket, the police officer wrote: "Driving while monitor visible to driver." He added "Google Glass" in parentheses.

Now a number of Abadie's fellow "Glass Explorers" are urging her to challenge the ticket in court. They say the Abadie can win the case because her Google Glass was not turned on, and therefore did not affect her ability to drive. One even offered to set up a campaign to crowdsource funds for a lawyer.

The specific law that Abadie broke is designed to prevent drivers from watching screens while driving. California "V C Section 27602" reads:

"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."

It's unclear at this time if Abadie will fight her ticket in court. If she does, it would be the first time a court has ruled on using eye-screen devices while operating a motor vehicle. This an interesting case for those fascinated by the interplay between the government and technology.

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Alexander de Avila

Alexander is a Political columnist at PolicyMic. He is a graduate of Claremont McKenna College's school of Government, focusing his studies on international politics and the impact of emerging technologies on government and war. He has experience working at the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, and as a research assistant at TSKB in Istanbul exploring alternative energy sources.

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