Jan 17 AT 3:23 PM Dima Aryeh 10 Comments

Traffic ticket for wearing Google Glass while driving in California dismissed


Back in October, a woman was stopped for speeding in California and given a ticket for wearing Google Glass while driving. Fast-forward to today and that ticket is no more thanks to a judge that dismissed it. This sounds awesome, but it’s not quite a win for advocates of wearable technology.

The judge ruled that the highway patrol officer could not prove that the woman was using her Google Glass while driving, so the ticket was dismissed. This does not make it legal for anyone to use Google Glass while driving, which could still get you a hefty ticket.

Now you could argue that Google Glass is safer than a traditional GPS. It’s not quite as simple as that, thought, because Google Glass isn’t a “heads up display” constantly in your vision. You do have to look up to see the display, taking your eyes off the road. Does this make it less dangerous than a traditional GPS mounted on your windshield? It’s hard to say.

So if you’re waiting to see whether Google Glass will become officially legal to use behind the wheel, you’ll have to keep waiting. Stick with the GPS device and take the glasses off while driving. But as wearable technology becomes more commonplace, this issue will become very important.

Dima Aryeh is a Russian obsessed with all things car and tech. His time is split between gaming and fixing his racecar. He also does photography in his spare time.

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  • Arthur

    Anyone currently know the law in California as to what is legal for how GPS devices can be mounted and where or if at all. I have heard that anything mounted on your windshield is technically illegal.

    • clocinnorcal

      In California, the law is that you may only mount a gps in a 7 inch square on the lowest part of the windshield. It is kind of vague actually.


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  • Arthur

    Nevermind, it is all here for anyone who is curious:


  • Chip

    What happened to the speeding portion of the ticket? Obviously she was guilty of this infraction.

    • http://www.androidandme.com Dima Aryeh

      Probably didn’t fight it at all.

    • Sean

      The speeding part was also dismissed for lack of evidence. Pretty much a clean sweep.

  • donger

    Very interesting. Cops think they can just ticket you.

    • Sean

      She was ticketed for speeding then she was ticketed for having a display in front of her. Both of which are violations. The fact that she was able to successfully win in traffic court doesn’t mean tht the police can ‘just ticket you’.

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