Google has worked on their upcoming Google Glass device for a long time now and those lucky enough to own an Explorer edition of the unreleased product have tested them in everyday real-life situations. One of the most useful functionalities of the device happens the turn-by-turn navigation capabilities which allows you to keep your eyes on the road instead of having to look down at a traditional navigation device. You can see an example of this via the embedded YouTube video below:
Now, as cool as this functionality may seem, it does not mean it is legal in every state. Recently, an Explorer owner ran into a bad situation when utilizing their Glass device while operating their vehicle. In this circumstance, Cecilia Abadie was pulled over and received a citation stating that she was “Driving with Monitor visible to Driver (Google Glass)”. She posted a photo of the citation on her Google + account which you can see below:
In her Google+ post, she is seeking legal advice as to whether the officer gave her a legal offense or if she will be able to fight the ticket. Commenter’s have looked up the official meaning of the offense given which states:
“Do not drive a vehicle equipped with a video monitor, if the monitor is visible to the driver and displays anything other than vehicle information global mapping displays, external media player (mp3) or satellite radio information …”
The Glass device is capable of so much more than GPS and music information (it is obvious that some of its features could be distracting), it seems plausible that the ruling may stand. Since it is still up in the air, we suggest any Glass owners check their local laws before driving with the device and be aware that a ticket could result in their use. If the ruling does indeed stand, it could be a blow to the Google’s Glass team’s PR and result in one less functionality that the device would be able to be used for.