Cecilia Abadie said that she was given the ticket by police for using her Google Glass headset while driving through California.
According to the citation on the ticket, she was fined for “Driving with Monitor visible to Driver (Google Glass)”. She admitted that the reason she was pulled over the first place was due to speeding, and not that the police officer saw her using the Google Glass device while driving.
The law in California states that drivers must not “drive a vehicle equipped with a video monitor, if the monitor is visible to the driver and displays anything other than vehicle information global mapping displays, external media player (MP3), or satellite radio information.”
Adadie has said that it is not clear if Google Glass falls into that category. In her Google+ post, she asked “Is #GoogleGlass [illegal] while driving or is this cop wrong???”. She is seeking legal advice and plans to appeal the ticket.
Some users have questioned the legality of the ticket. However, an equal amount also pointed out that Google Glass can technically block your view and prove distracting to the driver.
Google has not commented on the case.
It is likely that this kind of thing will happen more and more in the future. Should it go to court, Abadie’s case could set a precedent for the legality of using wearable technology while driving in the US.
Google will also allow existing owners to nominate up to three other people to join the programme. They will still be required to buy the headset themselves.