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Monday, 14 March 2011

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Marcus Aurelias's car.

Apple Labs have hastily recalled hundreds of thousands of copies of their augmented reality Applelet, iStreet Racer, after it emerged that people were using it in the manner it was intended to be used.

The App overlays a real time position of every player in a particular race, and they are pitted against each other in their journeys.

"The App's pretty simple to use," said app developer, Ray Serr. "You put in your destination and it works out how far that is, and then matches you up with all the other people currently making the same distance journey. The idea is then to be the quickest over that distance to earn points. It's even smart enough to see if you're not using your car."

After several high profile arrests for dangerous driving, and driving well over the speed limit, the app's producers have been inundated with legal reprimands from police forces all over the world.
"It turns out that people have been, well, racing," said Serr. "They've been breaking speed limits and driving laws in several countries. And they've all been blaming us. That's like suing Smith and Wesson for a homicide."

"It was an irresponsible app," said Staffordshire police detective-inspector, Phil Inns. "What did they think people would do? Some users of this App have been driving recklessly, going the wrong way down one-way streets and cutting through pedestrian zones, just to shave seconds off their journey times."

Marcus Aurelias, who prefers to remain anonymous for legal reasons, had been using the app for several weeks. "I'm the world record holder for the one hundred and twenty-five mile journey," he said. "I did it in seventeen minutes. I'm pretty pleased with that one. Admittedly I did have to drive through a shopping centre, otherwise it would have taken me twenty-two minutes."

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