California Driver Gets A Ticket For Wearing Google Glass Behind The Wheel

A California woman is sparking a big debate over whether or not it's illegal to wear Google Glass while driving.

Cecilia Abadie, a Google Glass Explorer and resident of California, Land of the Technologically Free, is sparking a big debate on her Google Plus page right now after she scanned a photo of a ticket she got last night for wearing Google Glass while driving.

According to the ticket, the precise charge against Abadie is "Driving with monitor visible to driver (Google Glass)." Abadie was first pulled over for speeding, which she received a citation for and claims was justified. But she adds, "The cop was being really nasty and asking me again and again why I was wearing Google Glass in the car."

California is one of 41 states that ban text messaging while driving. But in all those states, the offense must be conducted on a "handheld device" (e.g., a cellphone) to be illegal. In March, a West Virginia state representative introduced a bill that proposed to amend the state's texting-while-driving law to also make "using a wearable computer with a head-mounted display" an illegal offense. The U.K.'s Department of Transport has considered a similar ruling as well. No state has yet implemented such an amendment to their own texting laws.

We've put in a request with the San Diego Police Department and will update this post when we hear back.

So, readers, tell us: Should Google Glass be illegal while driving? Let us know in the comments.

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4 Comments

  • Christian K

    It should be a law however this woman should not get a ticket giving it is technically not a law yet

  • MD

    This is a very interesting line to walk. "Driving with monitor visible to driver" could easily be understood to include HUDs available on modern vehicles, displaying velocity and similar data. While future technology may make wearable head-mounted displays unobtrusive enough to be used while driving, I have a hard time believing current iterations are there yet.

  • Mark

    Yes. I wore mine driving home today and it was way more distracting than a phone in my hand. Won't do it again.

  • JZA

    YES. People are too distracted and everyone drives over the speed limit nowadays, so the margin for error is too small and accidents can be deadlier than ever.