Apple Maps stranding people in Australian desert, leads motorists to wrong direction of Mildura

By on Dec 10, 2012 in Australia, Software, Technology, Weird Comments

Apple Maps is reportedly stranding people in a hot desert in Australia, with local authorities now warning motorists to be extra careful when using the Apple‘s iOS 6 mapping system, revealing that there were incidents of some people who have been directed to the wrong location.

Apple Maps Mildura Australia

Apple Maps showing Mildura in Australia (purple
pin, actual location; pink pin marked as location)

Image Credit: Sharon Darcy/Victoria Police

According to a report by Victoria Police on its official website today, Monday, December 10, 2012, a number of motorists were stranded in the middle of the Murray Sunset National Park in recent weeks. They were supposed to go to Mildura, which is around 70 kilometers (almost 43.5 miles) away from that park.

As noted in the report, Mildura Police earlier confirmed that Apple Maps is listing the direction of the said park on their iPhones, if Mildura, a regional city in northwestern Victoria, is being searched. Some of the motorists they have located were stranded for up to 24 hours without food or water.

“Police are extremely concerned as there is no water supply within the Park and temperatures can reach as high as 46 degrees, making this a potentially life threatening issue.” A statement reads at VicPoliceNews.com.au, adding that those people have walked very far just to get a good phone signal.

Victoria Police added that they have already informed Apple on the said problem using Apple Maps, hoping that the same situation will never happen again. Apple CEO Tim Cook or any company representative has not issued any formal statement on this issue, as of this writing.

Apple released the iOS 6 last September 16, which has new features including the upgraded Apple Maps. However, a lot of of users complained on some problems such as lacking of public transit directions and misplaced landmarks. Cook later apologized and recommended other maps such as from Bing, Nokia, and Google.

“With the launch of our new Maps last week, we fell short on this commitment. We are extremely sorry for the frustration this has caused our customers and we are doing everything we can to make Maps better.” Tim Cook wrote on his apology letter that time, which was posted at Apple.com.



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