A US woman fined late last year for driving while wearing Google Glass glasses has had her citation dismissed after a court commissioner ruled there was no proof the device was operating.
Cecilia Abadie was pulled over and fined by a California Highway Patrol officer in October for speeding and driving while distracted – the officer claiming her view was blocked by her Google Glass headset.
US media reports San Diego Court Commissioner John Blair dismissed the citation against Abadie on the grounds there was no proof her Google Glass was operating at the time she was pulled over.
With the technology still in its ‘Explorer’ testing phase, the dismissal is good news for Google as three US states (West Virginia, Delaware and New Jersey) have already introduced legislation designed to make the product illegal to use while driving.
Mercedes-Benz and Hyundai are already developing in-car communication and infotainment systems partnered with Google Glass, while other car makers such as Nissan have been working on their own web-enabled eye display units.
Google Glass is tipped to launch in full commercial trim this year, priced from around US$1500 ($1580).