Ticketed Google Glass Driver in California Has Case Dismissed
Cecelia Abadie was ticketed for speeding and wearing Google Glass while driving last October near San Diego. She took her case to court and won.Wearing Google Glass while driving is apparently not the same thing as using Google Glass while driving, at least according to a California traffic court judge who on Jan. 16 heard what is believed to be the first traffic ticket case in the United States involving the futuristic device. San Diego Traffic Court Commissioner John Blair dismissed a ticket for speeding and wearing Google Glass that had been filed against Cecelia Abadie, 44, of Temecula, Calif., after he ruled that the arresting officer had not observed her actually using the head-mounted computer, Abadie's attorney, William Concidine, told eWEEK. "When he testified, he testified that he saw her wearing Google Glass," Concidine said of the California State Patrol officer who had ticketed her last Oct. 29 as she was heading north on Interstate 15 from San Diego in her 2010 Toyota Prius hybrid. "But at no time did he testify that he saw it in use. Because he did not establish the element that it was operating, he failed to prove his own case," Concidine said. "He never testified to anything being an image on Google Glass or that it was lit up. Miss Abadie would have testified that she was not operating it" while she was driving. Blair also dismissed the speeding charge against Abadie, who works as a product manager for a golf simulator company and who began a startup that is developing a personal trainer app for Glass.
Abadie told eWEEK in a phone interview that she is pleased with the court's decision.