No this hasn’t happened in Australia, but considering how confusing our laws are and how quickly they are changing, this could be a reality here soon when Google Glass becomes more widely available. However, in California a driver was fined for wearing Google Glass.
In California technology is everywhere. It is home to some of the world’s biggest tech companies and where you’ll find Teslas in abundance and Google Glass already as the thing everybody has.
Unfortunately for a resident in California, she received a fine for driving while wearing her Google Glass hardware. Officially she was charged with ‘Driving with Monitor visible to Driver (Google Glass)”.
She took to Google+ to share the story and she is currently seeking advice on the merit of the ticket.
Technically in California, from what we understand, you are not able to have a video screen visible to the driver which displays anything else other than vehicle information or navigation/mapping displays. So depending on how you look at it. You could argue that she was indeed breaking the law.
Considering that Mercedes is currently playing with Google Glass, and looking at how it can integrate the technology into its cars. Do you think that she should have got this fine? Or will it simply open a whole can of worms?
In Australia, who knows how this type of situation would be handled. Also, let’s not even think about other wearable tech including the Samsung Galaxy Gear and whether you should be fined for wearing a smart watch.