Drive wearing Glass, get a ticket

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October 31, 2013

In a possible first, Cecilia Abadie received a traffic ticket Tuesday for wearing Google Glass while driving in San Diego, she noted on Google+:

According to CNN, the California law cited in Abadie’s case, V C 27602, prohibits televisions and similar monitors from being turned on and facing the driver. “There are exceptions for GPS and mapping tools and screens that display camera feeds to help the driver navigate. If a device has a safety feature that limits its display to approved uses while driving, it can be allowed.

“Abadie says her Google Glass was not turned on when she was pulled over, and that the officer said the screen was blocking her view. The Google Glass display is located slightly above the right eye, not directly in front of the eye.

“Glass fans defended the technology in comments on Abadie’s post, saying that a voice-activated screen close to the eye could actually be safer than trying to check a smartphone or other monitor while driving.”

How to add a shade or shield to Google Glass (credit: Google)

In related news, On the Glass Explorers forum a new thread popped up Wednesday pointing to help pages that outline how the earbuds will work, who Google has partnered with for shades and shields, how Glass charging works, along with other material, CNET reports.

For other accessories, Google wrote that Glass will come with a USB cable and charger; users can charge and transfer photos and videos by connecting the cable to their computers, says the Los Angeles Times. A mono earbud also will be included with all devices, which will work for phone calls or listening to music.