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California Woman Cleared of Google Glass Traffic Charges

Posted on behalf of Edwards Law Firm on Jan 20, 2014 in Auto Accidents

It was nearly a month ago when a California woman was given a traffic citation under a code banning operation of a video or TV screen at the front of a vehicle while moving. The reason? She was wearing Google Glass while driving her vehicle.

Last week, Cecilia Abadie was found not guilty, as San Diego County Traffic Commissioner John Blair stated, there was no proof beyond a reasonable doubt that the device was operating while she was driving.

Many law experts are predicting that this is merely the start of dozens of court cases to be argued between todays laws and the ever evolving technology. An example includes Google's driverless car; where if an accident was to occur, who would be held responsible for the collision? The passengers? Automotive manufacturers? Software developers? There are no laws set in place defining driverless cars.

So far, three different states have introduced bills that would ban Google Glass from their roadways including West Virginia, New Jersey and Delaware. Still, Google warns Google Glass users to exercise with caution, and to put their safety, and the safety of others first.

There is no halting technology from continuing to evolve, therefore we must begin paying more attention to safety issues related to these devices, while creating laws as these devices enter the market. If not, we may begin to see new types of accidents occurring, along with accidents that are simply out of human control.

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