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The woman ticketed for driving with Google Glass is free to go
By Brian Fung January 16, 2014
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A San Diego court commissioner said he found no proof that Cecilia Abadie had Google Glass turned on while driving. (Reuters)
Google Glass appears to have faced its first legal test — and won.
A San Diego court commissioner Thursday dismissed a case against a woman who was pulled over for speeding, then ticketed for wearing Google's augmented-reality glasses behind the wheel.
According to Reuters, the case was dropped because it was impossible to prove whether the driver, Cecilia Abadie, had the video screen turned on while driving.
A lawyer for Abadie previously maintained that the device activated itself when she turned to look up at the highway patrol officer who pulled her over. (Google Glass is invoked by looking up, among other gestures.)
While the move is a good sign for Glass users navigating uncertain policy waters, the fact that the case was dismissed on a technicality suggests more challenges may be ahead.
Brian Fung covers technology for The Washington Post, focusing on telecom, broadband and digital politics. Before joining the Post, he was the technology correspondent for National Journal and an associate editor at the Atlantic.
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