Is using Google Glass while driving risky to other drivers on the road? That’s what many are asking after the first woman to be ticketed using Google Glass is now defending her decisions. Software developer Cecilia Abadie shared in an interview with Associated Press that she is already in preparations of her defense for the unnecessary arrest. She claims that although the Glass was on, she wasn’t actively using it during her driving experience. Glass was in a passive mode while she was driving and wasn’t even active by the time that the cop arrived.
The officer who stopped Abadie said that he stopped her because she was supposedly speeding. However, when he noticed that her eyewear was a bit different from the norm, he proceeded to add a citation for ‘distracted driving.’ Abadie now claims that due to the officer’s citation, she feels that the laws are fairly outdated now. One officer offered the definition that any item that might take your attention away from the motoring public can be considered to be a distraction, regardless of what it may be; this would include reaching for food, or indeed, using Google Glass.
Yet now that one woman has been ticketed in association with using Google Glass while driving, there are now legislators in states and even other countries wondering whether if it would be easier and safer to just ban the use of Glass. It started with West Virginia and then followed up with Delaware, New Jersey, and even the UK. Abadie has already stated that she will be fighting the legal situations to come because she views it as ‘transparent justice.’ Many of the original Glass users have said that they believe that Google Glass improves driving safety because it ensures that they don’t have to reach for their cell phone.