Driver cleared in landmark case

Driver cleared in landmark case

A Californian court has cleared a woman who was driving while wearing Google's new computer-within-glasses device.

Cecilia Abadie was found not guilty at a San Diego traffic court because it could not be proven that the Google Glass device was in operation when she was ticketed.

Commissioner John Blair ruled there was reasonable doubt. Ms Abadie is thought to be the first driver to receive a ticket for wearing Google Glass while driving. Software developers said she was among 30,000 "explorers" chosen to try the technology out before it is made available to the public later this year.

Google Glass uses a spectacles frame and has a transparent display section the size of a thumbnail above the right eye. The frames have a hidden camera and display unit that can react to voice commands.

Through the glasses, people can check their emails, access driving directions, look up details of what the wearer is looking at, or indeed call up theirinsurance details.

Delaware, New Jersey and West Virginia have introduced legislation to ban driving while wearing the device. And Google itself tells potential users to exercise caution and stay within the law: "Read up and follow the law. Above all, even when you're following the law, don't hurt yourself or others by failing to pay attention to the road."

Ms Abadie said she had hoped the court would rule it was legal to drive while wearing Google Glass, while activated or not, but stated she was happy with the outcome.

"I believe it's an initial success but we have a long way to go," she said.

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