It’s a first: a police officer in San Diego ticketed a woman for driving while wearing her Google Glass.
The primary offense was speeding, but the secondary offense, as written on the ticket, was: “driving w/ monitor visible to driver (Google Glass).”
Google geeks are rallying to Cecilia Abadie’s cause, offering to help her fight the case in court.
JEREMY HOBSON, HOST:
Well, maybe you want to take a train through a tunnel. Maybe you want to drive. But if you do, just remember to take off your Google Glass.
ROBIN YOUNG, HOST:
Google Glass. That's what people are testing for Google. They let users use voice commands to take photos or video, send emails, get directions. They look like glasses. Cecilia Abadie was a tester in San Diego, and on Tuesday an officer ticketed her for driving while wearing Google Glass.
CECILIA ABADIE: He started to ask questions about why are you wearing Google Glass while you're driving. And he was very, like, why? Like it was a super crime. I got very shocked. I never heard that it was illegal in California before.
YOUNG: Well, technically, Abadie was cited for distracted driving after being pulled over for speeding. But this, Jeremy, could be the first time a ticket noted that someone was wearing Google Glass while driving.
HOBSON: And Abadie did say that the device wasn't even turned on. But Google fans are rallying to her cause, offering to help her fight the case in court. They say the law cited in the case is meant to prevent people from watching TV while driving, that it does allow people to use GPS and mapping tools.
One fellow Google Glass user named Aaron Kasten wrote: Glass is far safer than any other means of information delivery. It is out of your view and not distracting.
YOUNG: I'm still thinking, people watch TV while they're driving?
HOBSON: Yeah, I know.
YOUNG: Your thoughts on Google Glass, please, especially if you use them at hereandnow.org. Or you can tweet us, @hereandnowrobin.
HOBSON: And @jeremyhobson. And don't tweet us while you're driving, even if you're wearing Google Glass and you think that it's OK to wear Google Glass while driving.
HOBSON: You're listening to HERE AND NOW. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.
Jeremy Hobson joins Robin Young as co-host of Here & Now in its new 2-hour format, from WBUR and NPR.
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