Californian Faces Trial For Wearing Google Glass While Driving

1/16/14 11:20AM EST

Californian Faces Trial For Wearing Google Glass While Driving Californian Faces Trial For Wearing Google Glass While Driving

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A California woman is heading to traffic court today to stand trial for a potentially momentous case.

Software developer Cecilia Abadie was ticketed and has pled not guilty for wearing Google Glass while driving. This is the first question of distracted driving related to the tiny computer, which is worn like a pair of glasses.

The incident occurred in October when she was initially pulled over by the California Highway Patrol for speeding, according to Reuters. The officer gave her a ticket for speeding and a second citation for using a “monitor” in her car while driving. Abadie’s attorney said she had the device turned off while she was driving.

Google Glass is not yet widely available. Abadie is among some 30,000 “explorers” chosen to try out the product before it becomes available to the public later this year, according to the Associated Press.

The product is placed to be very popular. Developers are already creating apps in anticipation of the product’s success, and experts say it will create the next big trend in mobile technology.

All of this means Abadie’s trial today is especially important, as it certainly won’t mark the last time someone wears Google Glass behind the wheel. Her case today could set an important precedent for future issues involving wearable technology related to distracted driving concerns.

 
 

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