Watch out! Woman ticketed for wearing Google Glass while driving

Meanwhile, Google releases images of updated version of Glass

A woman said in a post on her Google+ page that she was ticketed by police in southern California for wearing Google Glass while driving.

Cecilia Abadie, whose Google+ profile describes her as a blogger, speaker and Google Glass pioneer, sought information on laws about driving while wearing the computerized eyeglasses.

She couldn't be reached for comment to provide details of the incident.

"Is #GoogleGlass ilegal while driving or is this cop wrong???," wrote Abadie on her Google+ page. "Any legal advice is appreciated!! This happened in California. Do you know any other #GlassExplorers that got a similar ticket anywhere in the US?"

Abadie noted in the comments section of her post that she was initially pulled over for, and was ticketed, for speeding.

"The speeding [ticket] was justified as I was in a 65 mph zone and thought I was on a 75mph zone, I always feel like I need some software to alert me when zones change ... is that only me??," she wrote. "Glass was not on and I honestly don't use it much while driving but I do wear."

Speeding ticket for Google Glass
A woman who was ticketed for speeding and for wearing Google Glass while driving posted the ticket on Google+.

Zeus Kerravala, an analyst with ZK Research, said the courts will soon have to settle this issue.

"If people start using Glass while driving to look up points of interest or watch a video, then sure, it's dangerous," he said. "If someone was indeed using it for navigation, what's the difference between looking at Glass, a phone or a navigation system?"

As Abadie was dealing with the law around Glass, Google was busy releasing images of its design upgrade.

Google Glass with earbud
Google released an image of the updated version of Google Glass, which sports a single earbud. (Photo: Google)

Google announced earlier this week that the so-called Explorers who are testing the devices won't have to buy new models of Glass when they become generally available. The prototypes can be exchanged for a new, updated version within 60 days.

That deal, however, won't apply to the latest Glass Explorers.

Google explained that only Explorers who purchased Glass devices before Oct. 28 are eligible for the program.

Google posted new photos of the upcoming version on its Google Glass page.

The photos show a new version that's much like the old. The new one has a single earbud that can be inserted into the user's right ear and is attached to the back of the device's bow.

The new units also are designed to work with shades and prescription lenses.

Sharon Gaudin covers the Internet and Web 2.0, emerging technologies, and desktop and laptop chips for Computerworld. Follow Sharon on Twitter at @sgaudin, or subscribe to Sharon's RSS feed . Her email address is sgaudin@computerworld.com.

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