California woman faces trial for wearing Google Glass while driving

SAN DIEGO Thu Jan 16, 2014 6:06pm IST

Developer Maximiliano Firtman wears the prototype device Google Glass before a news conference ahead of the 2013 RigaComm event in Riga November 4, 2013. REUTERS/Ints Kalnins

Developer Maximiliano Firtman wears the prototype device Google Glass before a news conference ahead of the 2013 RigaComm event in Riga November 4, 2013.

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SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - A woman ticketed for driving while wearing Google Glass, a tiny computer mounted on an eyeglass frame, is scheduled to appear in a Southern California traffic court on Thursday, in a case that raises new questions about distracted driving.

Technology entrepreneur Cecilia Abadie, one of thousands of people testing the device for Google Inc (GOOG.O), was stopped for speeding in October by the California Highway Patrol on Interstate 15 in San Diego. The officer then gave her a second citation for using a "monitor" in her car while driving, according to the Highway Patrol.

Abadie quickly posted the news of her ticket on social media.

"A cop just stopped me and gave me a ticket for wearing Google Glass while driving!" she wrote on the Google Plus social networking site.

Abadie is apparently the first person cited for wearing Google Glass while driving.

The device, which projects a small screen in the corner of a wearer's eye, is expected to become a major catalyst for what many believe to be the next big trend in mobile, wearable computing devices.

Developers are already crafting apps to try to position themselves if the devices, which can be voice- or motion-activated, prove popular with consumers.

Google Glass is not yet available for sale to the general public, although the company is testing the product with the help of thousands of so-called "Explorers" who have been given early access to the technology.

At the end of December, Google made the device available to select developers, and it is expected to come to market later this year.

Abadie is scheduled to appear in traffic court in San Diego on Thursday, where a trial will be held in front of a judge. (Editing by Sharon Bernstein and Ken Wills)

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