Science & technology
US driver acquitted over Google Glass ticketPublish Date: Jan 17, 2014
US driver acquitted over Google Glass ticket
  • mail
  • img
File picture shows attendees wearing Google Glass while posing for a group photo during the Google I/O developer conference on May 17, 2013 in San Francisco, California. CREDIT/AFP (Source: Getty Images)
newvision

LOS ANGELES - A US woman thought to be the first person to get a traffic ticket for wearing Google Glass was found not guilty Thursday.

Cecilia Abadie was acquitted after San Diego Commissioner John Blair found she was not actively using the Google glass device when she was stopped.

A speeding ticket was dismissed due to a lack of evidence. The speeding ticket alleged that she was driving at 80 miles (130 kilometers) per hour in a 65 mile-per-hour zone.

The 44-year-old was charged with speeding and distracted driving on a San Diego area freeway on October 29. She acknowledged she was wearing the hi-tech eye-wear but said it was not turned on at the time.

Her lawyer William Concidine appeared in court in December to deny the charges, saying at the time that there was "nothing illegal about simply wearing the Google Glass while it is not turned on."

After Thursday's verdict, he said the acquittal showed that police must prove a Google Glass wearer was actually using the device while driving, just as they must show that a cellphone user was calling or texting, to secure a conviction.

"That's something that can be relied on by drivers," he said. "You won't get ticketed for just wearing Google Glass or just having a phone in your car. There's still some protection against being cited unjustly and unlawfully."

He told AFP there were lessons to be learned from the case.

"If you believe in yourself (like Ms. Abadie) and you do not believe you committed an offense, you should contest it," he told AFP.

In addition, "as new technology continues to advance and is either placed in vehicles, or used in vehicles, the law will either need to be reactive to the new technology or it will continue to remain subject to individual judge's interpretation of broadly written statutes," he said.

Google Glass lets wearers take pictures, record video, send messages or perform other tasks with touch controls or by speaking commands. It connects to the Internet using Wi-Fi hot spots or being wirelessly tethered to mobile phones.

Facebook, Twitter and major news organizations have already tailored applications for Google Glass, which has only been made available to developers and a limited selection of "explorers" who paid $1,500 each for the eyewear.

Envisioned uses range from practical tasks such as shopping or delivering local weather reports to sharing real time video streams or playing augmented reality games in which the world is the board.

Google has not announced a public release date for Google Glass but speculation centers around early 2014.

AFP

The statements, comments, or opinions expressed through the use of New Vision Online are those of their respective authors, who are solely responsible for them, and do not necessarily represent the views held by the staff and management of New Vision Online.

New Vision Online reserves the right to moderate, publish or delete a post without warning or consultation with the author.Find out why we moderate comments. For any questions please contact digital@newvision.co.ug

  • mail
  • img
blog comments powered by Disqus
Also In This Section
Microsoft to comply with China amid probe
MICROSOFT has said it seeks to comply with Chinese law, after Beijing announced an anti-monopoly investigation of the US technology giant over its business practices...
Science of brain signals opens new era for advertising
Companies in the near future will be able to test public reaction to advertisements, music and films before they are released by monitoring the brain signals of a select group as they watch a trial....
Samsung delays Tizen smartphone sales launch
Samsung Electronics said Monday it would postpone the roll-out of its new smartphone based on Tizen, a home-grown operating system aimed at breaking away from Google''s Android system....
Chinese regulators visit Microsoft offices: Dow Jones
Officials from China''s corporate regulator paid visits Monday to software giant Microsoft''s offices in four cities in the country, Dow Jones Newswires reported, citing people familiar with the matter....
Samsung delays Tizen smartphone sales launch
Samsung Electronics has said it would postpone the roll-out of its new smartphone based on Tizen, a home-grown operating system aimed at breaking away from Google's Android system....
Wikipedia blocks
WIKIPEDIA has blocked editing rights from some computers at the US House of Representatives in response to "disruptive" revisions of the online encyclopedia...
Should private schools and institutions be given tax exemption?
Yes
No
Can't Say
follow us
subscribe to our news letter