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More Fights Could Follow Driver's Google Glass Win

Publication Date: 
January 17, 2014
Source: 
The Salt Lake Tribune - Associated Press
Author: 
Julie Watson

Rock Center fellow Vivek Wadhwa comments on the countless possible legal issues that will arise as new technologies change the nature of driving for The Salt Lake Tribune.

A California woman believed to be the first person cited for wearing Google Glass while driving won her case, but legal experts say it marks only the beginning of what they predict will be numerous court battles fought in the gap between today’s laws and fast-arriving technology.

Cecilia Abadie’s was found not guilty Thursday after being cited for wearing the computer-in-eyeglass device while driving because San Diego County Traffic Court Commissioner John Blair said there was no proof beyond a reasonable doubt that the device was operating while she was driving.

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Vivek Wadhwa, a fellow at Stanford Law School, said the lower court ruling does not set a legal precedent but marks the start of what he expects will be a number of similar challenges.

"The fun is just starting," he said.

From driverless cars to wearable devices that can enhance human functions, Wadhwa said, there are a host of legal questions to be answered. For example, when a Google-operated car is on the road and hits someone, who is responsible — the passenger, car manufacturer or software developer?