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California driver fights Google Glass ticket

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A California driver goes to court today to fight a ticket that she received for wearing Google Glass while driving, according to a Jan. 16 report in Fox News. California drivers are prohibited from driving with a video screen visible to the driver, but the California driver denies that the Google Glass display was active.

Google Glass is a wearable computer with a display attached to an eyeglass frame. Google Glass, along with Apple's rumored iWatch, foreshadows the next big revolution in tech: wearable computers. That's why this case involving Google Glass, which will be argued in a traffic court in San Diego, California on Thursday, is regarded as important: it could become a precedent for future laws concerning wearable technology.

Cecilia Abadie, one of 30,000 people selected to try out Google Glass, was wearing the device while she was allegedly speeding on a California road in October. The California Highway Patrol officer ticketed her for going 80 mph in a 65 mph zone. When he notice that she was wearing Google Glass, the California officer also added a second citation for violating the law that is designed to prevent California drivers from being distracted by video screens.

Ms. Abadie will plead not guilty to both charges.

Meanwhile, New Jersey, Delaware and West Virginia are considering prohibiting driving with Google Glass.

Besides concerns for safe driving, there are also privacy concerns about the camera in Google Glass and the possibility for abuse. Although Google Glass isn't even on the market yet it is already banned from certain restaurants, bars, banks and casinos.

Google will release Google Glass to the public this year, and some suggest that there is more potential to Google Glass than current functionality and that Google Glass may become a victim of expectations.

Whatever the future for Google Glass holds, this case will be watched closely by techies who are eager to see if this California driver's ticket for wearing Google Glass stands.


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