Nishtha KanalOct 31, 2013 13:48:17 IST
It was inevitable and had to start somewhere. The very first ticket for driving with Google Glass worn has been handed out. A woman in California became the first known case where a driver wearing Google Glass was fined for the act.
A Google Glass Explorer named Cecilia Abadie posted on Google+ that she had been stopped by a cop and was handed a ticket in California. The exact line on the ticket reads, “Driving with monitor visible to driver (Google Glass)”. She made the post, flabbergasted at being stopped and fined for wearing Glass.
The ticket Abadie got
The Glass Almanac has pointed out that the ticket was given to Abadie in violation of California Vehicle Code Section 27602 which talks about the use of television inside motor vehicles. “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 reads.
It gets a little vague here. While Glass may be a head-mounted device, it shows you both mapping display and works as a GPS display – both of which are permissible by the state’s law. California – or even the US, for that matter – may not be too clear on the law over here, but there are some who are taking this seriously. Back in August it was reported that the UK government has preemptively banned the use of Google Glass while driving, even before it hits the country.
A lot of people on Abadie’s post are encouraging her to go to court and fight this ticket off, especially since it will make an example of similar cases that will pop up in the near future. She asserts on several occasions that the Glass was turned off while she was driving but the cop kept insisting that it blocked her view. Google Glass is murky territory here since the law does not make provision for it in the US yet. It should be interesting to see what the court makes of Abadie’s case. It could well be a yardstick for a time where Google Glass becomes common the world over in a few years.