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    Ticket for driver wearing Google Glasses

    BBC News - Ticket issued to driver wearing Google Glass

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    On 30 October, Cecilia Abadie was pulled over and issued with a ticket for speeding and wearing the smart spectacles while driving.

    Ms Abadie was cited for breaking a Californian law which prohibits people from watching TV while driving.

    She is now considering whether to take legal action to fight the ticket on the grounds that the device was turned off.
    An interesting debate. I can't decide if I agree with the ticket being issued or not. I guess that she cannot prove the device was switched off. Yet if it was on and had Google maps loaded, is it any different then looking at a sat-nav attached to the dashboard?

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    I've never used google glass so it's hard to say. I guess if the screen takes up more than a certain percentage of your vision then it's a no go. Could also be an issue on how you focus on the screen, a sat nav would be further away so less change in focus from that to the road.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rawns View Post
    I can't decide if I agree with the ticket being issued or not.
    She was speeding. The ticket is valid.

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    Quote Originally Posted by X-13 View Post
    She was speeding. The ticket is valid.
    The ticket was for speeding and for wearing GG's. Removing the speed factor out of it (which is a valid reason for her to get a ticket anyway), what if she was not speeding and the ticket was purely for wearing GG's?

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    I see no difference between using a sat nav and sing maps on glass.

    The issue is that in this country it's illegal to text or call on a mobile phone, unless using a hands free kit.

    The department for transport has already said it'll treat glass as a phone...

    http://www.theguardian.com/technolog...-glass-drivers

    This is the issue you get when people who don't necessarily understand what they are applying law to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marshall_IT View Post
    The issue is that in this country it's illegal to text or call on a mobile phone, unless using a hands free kit.
    Which is really silly... it's not the phone that makes it dangerous, it's the fact you're distracted by a conversation.

    A long conversation on a hands free kit is a lot worse than a short one holding the phone, but only the latter is illegal.

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    You can look away from a sat nav, though, whereas glass is always in your field of vision. I should think that's why she was ticketed for it.

    We shouldn't be encouraging people to wear glass in public anyway, at least not until google update the design to make it clear to other people when the camera is switched on. If I saw anyone wearing a set in this country, I would treat them the same way I'd treat anyone taking photos/video of me against my will.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sdrawkcab View Post
    You can look away from a sat nav, though, whereas glass is always in your field of vision.
    The info displayed top right isn't always visible and Google Glass can read out directions to you/respond to voice commands (like a sat nav) so you don't have to look away from the road.







    ^ The box shown in the first image above is simulated so it would actually be further to the right

    Quote Originally Posted by Sdrawkcab View Post
    If I saw anyone wearing a set in this country, I would treat them the same way I'd treat anyone taking photos/video of me against my will.
    It isn't illegal to take pictures/record videos of other people in public places. You are also being recorded every time you pass by a CCTV camera.

    Quote Originally Posted by X-13 View Post
    Which is really silly... it's not the phone that makes it dangerous, it's the fact you're distracted by a conversation.
    If the government ban the use of Google Glass while driving, perhaps they should also ban drivers from smoking and drinking cups of coffee. Both of which require you to take one hand off the wheel!
    Last edited by Arthur; 31st October 2013 at 01:52 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arthur View Post
    It isn't illegal to take pictures/record videos of other people in public places. You are also being recorded every time you pass by a CCTV camera.
    It doesn't turn off on private property.

    CCTV isnt uploaded for all to see on some kind of website for every muppet to see, with comments.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arthur View Post
    If the government ban the use of Google Glass while driving, perhaps they should also ban drivers from smoking and drinking cups of coffee. Both of which require you to take one hand off the wheel!
    I thought they already did in the UK.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pottsey View Post
    I thought they already did in the UK.
    Not sure, although smoking is illegal in company-owned vehicles from what I have read.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arthur View Post
    If the government ban the use of Google Glass while driving, perhaps they should also ban drivers from smoking and drinking cups of coffee. Both of which require you to take one hand off the wheel!
    Don't know about smoking, but it is definitely illegal to drink a cup of coffee while driving.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pottsey View Post
    I thought they already did in the UK.
    Not specifically banned, but you can be done for careless driving should the police think you are not concentrating on driving.

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    Quote Originally Posted by StevieM View Post
    Don't know about smoking, but it is definitely illegal to drink a cup of coffee while driving.
    I guess a lot of drivers aren't worried about being done for careless driving because I see a lot drinking hot/cold drinks while driving where I live (usually after filling up their cars at petrol stations).
    Last edited by Arthur; 31st October 2013 at 02:31 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arthur View Post
    I didn't know that. I guess a lot of drivers don't know it is illegal either (or simply don't care) because I see a lot drinking hot/cold drinks while driving where I live (usually after filling up their cars at petrol stations).
    Thats not correct, its not "illegal" as in a criminal offence. They are committing no crime.

    It CAN BE a civil offence if the police deem you are not in control of a vehicle, it is the police officers discretion.
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