This week may go down in history as the first time someone was ticketed for driving with Google Glass, and it happened in California of all places. The driver, Cecilia Abadie, was stopped by a police officer in San Diego, and soon afterwards shared a photo of the ticket on Google+, seeking legal advice. It’s worth noting the document says Abadie was pulled over for speeding, though it also clearly points to Google Glass as an issue.
The incident raises significant questions about the Google Glass, and whether or not it should be allowed on the road. Some claim using the device poses less of a safety risk than using a dashboard GPS system, and the Internet giant likely had driving directions in mind when it created the product.
Google Glass has the potential to change the way we live, and in many ways society will need to catch up to the idea that someone can walk around while a tiny screen displays information at the edge of their vision. Some places have already banned the wearable device as a privacy issue, while entire states are looking to ban its use while driving, citing safety concerns.
It’s up to us collectively to decide what’s safe and what’s appropriate when it comes to this new technology. Check out the ticket below: