CrassAlert, the new mobile device application that warns texters when they are on a collision course, has been recalled by its manufacturers, it was revealed today.
The move follows an unexpected rise in injuries sustained by texters.
The app detects when the texter is approaching an object and puts an alert on the screen, so that the texter can take collision avoidance action without having to lose concentration on the more important task in hand.
"Our prototype systems were subjected to extensive testing and the results were excellent," explained a CrassAlert development engineer. "The trouble is, when two texters on a collision course are both using the CrassAlert app, it turns out that the devices tell both users to turn in the same direction."
Injuries resulting are said to have ranged from bruises and nosebleeds to fractured skulls and crushed cheekbones, with at least one death and several alleged users currently in intensive care awaiting neuro-surgery -- although it is not clear whether the neuro-surgery was needed anyway.
CrassAlert would not comment on the number of injury claims made against them but one user, 22-year-old Tracey de Ville of Clacton-on-Sea, expressed strong views on the oversight. "It's disgraceful," she said. "These people have an obligation to look after our safety and they've obviously been negligent."
Meanwhile, competitor CybeRay Inc is working on a crash avoidance system based on a different principle, in which your mobile device emits a lethal death ray, clearing the path ahead of you.
Interest in the CybeRay concept is unexpectedly high. "Evidently," said a CybeRay marketing manager, "it appeals to people who don't normally use mobile devices while walking. They just want to get rid of those who do."
[Background information: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-22631731 ]