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Now it's Google Maps' turn to force a warning from Australian police

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Now it's Google Maps' turn to force a warning from Australian police
:"My concern is that one day we’re going to be at the coroners court [being asked] well what did you do about it. We’re trying to do something about it, but if a 22-seater bus rolls off Wild Dog Road today, [there wouldn't be] the multi-agency response to this issue that I would like."-Colac Police
On Monday, we told you that Australian police were calling beleaguered Apple Maps potentially "life-threatening" after the application had directed a number of users into a particularly dangerous area of the Australian outback filled with poisonous snakes, extremely arid conditions and spotty cell reception. But now it is Google's turn to get scolded by the police for its Maps application.

Police in Colac are saying that Google Maps is sending drivers down a road called Wild Dog Road which is a one-way road not made for heavy traffic. Trucks, buses and tourist driven vehicles are being sent on the road by Google Maps, creating a possibly dangerous situation. Google has responded by saying that drivers are being,sent down Wild Dog Road only if their destination lies on the road. If the destination is nearby, Google says that Maps sends them down either Skenes Creek Road or Forrest Apollo Road, avoiding Wild Dog Road.

Who would have thought that using a mapping application could be so dangerous.

source: Yahoo via Slashgear

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posted on 14 Dec 2012, 11:02 20

1. Nikolas.Oliver (banned) (Posts: 1574; Member since: 01 Jul 2012)


Atleast google has responded it...

posted on 14 Dec 2012, 12:46 8

10. darkkjedii (Posts: 11013; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Well so has apple. Shutup and tell me how u like ur egg n ur eye.

posted on 14 Dec 2012, 13:23 8

17. cripton805 (Posts: 917; Member since: 18 Mar 2012)


Nothing is wrong with google. It seems they are complaining about accuracy. What difference would it make if you were using a PAPER MAP? The road is still a road and should be on the map. If Australia thinks it is too dangerous, then the morons should get rid of it OR block it off OR put huge red signs saying its dangerous.

posted on 14 Dec 2012, 14:30 1

21. darkkjedii (Posts: 11013; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Stop ur whining

posted on 14 Dec 2012, 19:15 2

28. cripton805 (Posts: 917; Member since: 18 Mar 2012)


I'm not whinning. I'm simply stating that they are NOT fixing the problem.

A road is a road that BELONGS on a map. SIMPLE!

posted on 14 Dec 2012, 20:36

29. jacko1977 (Posts: 388; Member since: 11 Feb 2012)


http://smarthouse.com.au/Phones/Mobile/A6X4Q2Q7

posted on 14 Dec 2012, 11:02 14

2. DetroitTech (Posts: 55; Member since: 02 Nov 2011)


BS. Apple must have either made this up or got some cop in Austrailia to make something up. So obvious. Tit for tat. Face it Apple your maps program is not as good as google maps. Own it.

posted on 14 Dec 2012, 12:47 1

11. darkkjedii (Posts: 11013; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


So what's new

posted on 14 Dec 2012, 13:13 4

13. loyals (Posts: 129; Member since: 10 Nov 2012)


hey wait
if there is something wrong about google , y cant u ppl admit it instead of being like *we cant b wrong* mistake does happen........now that apple is new but what bout google , years !! but still mistakes. says a lot !!

posted on 14 Dec 2012, 13:16 2

14. loyals (Posts: 129; Member since: 10 Nov 2012)


one more thing . why dont u think google didnt made up the story ,they have many bloggers to support it too. stop being biased all the time !

posted on 14 Dec 2012, 14:33 2

22. darkkjedii (Posts: 11013; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Exactly. Bunch of big babies

posted on 14 Dec 2012, 17:07 3

24. asseek (Posts: 164; Member since: 12 Sep 2012)


damn, and i used to think that Apple fans follow Apple blindly :/ SOME Android fans has just crossed the line with their obsession about Google

posted on 14 Dec 2012, 11:14 3

3. sprockkets (Posts: 1160; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)


They received a warning from them, onliy to find out they were wrong in their assertions.

Of course the headline says otherwise...

posted on 14 Dec 2012, 11:15 10

4. JonBjSig (Posts: 176; Member since: 17 Nov 2011)


"Google has responded by saying that drivers are being,sent down Wild Dog Road only if their destination lies on the road. If the destination is nearby, Google says that Maps sends them down either Skenes Creek Road or Forrest Apollo Road, avoiding Wild Dog Road. "

In other words, It's the driver's fault.

posted on 14 Dec 2012, 15:40 1

23. Stuntman (Posts: 712; Member since: 01 Aug 2011)


Exactly. So the police are blaming Google Maps for directing people down the road if the people actually select a destination that is on that road? What type of BS is this? What if someone uses a paper map. They want to go to a destination that lies on that road. If the person is competent at reading maps, they will likely drive down that road. Are the police going to complain that the paper map is directing drivers down that road too?

This is nothing but an attempt, and very poor one, to make Apple Maps not look as bad when they direct people dozens of miles away to the middle of a park instead of the proper location.

posted on 14 Dec 2012, 11:27 3

5. bloodline (Posts: 691; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)


Google wins again.

posted on 14 Dec 2012, 11:37 1

6. jibraihimi (Posts: 695; Member since: 29 Nov 2011)


Guess who is having a good laugh hearing this news.............. Mr. Tim Cook......

posted on 14 Dec 2012, 11:39 6

7. McLTE (Posts: 688; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


does anyone see a problem with a COMMERCIAL bus outfit having a driver mapping destinations using Google maps?????

Seems to me that these routes should be well established and not at the whim of whatever the driver pulls up on a mapping program.

issues with private car travel seem warranted. I'm glad that there are people checking out these things.

posted on 14 Dec 2012, 12:48 1

12. darkkjedii (Posts: 11013; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Excuses excuses lmao. Anybody see blah blah blah? Shutup and sit down somewhere.

posted on 14 Dec 2012, 18:57

26. parkwaydr (Posts: 572; Member since: 07 Sep 2011)


Just how was he making excuses?

" I'm glad there are people checking out these things" isn't an excuse. Its a statement.

posted on 14 Dec 2012, 11:39 2

8. Rayvelynn (Posts: 123; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


Ok if it is a ONE WAY street surely these drivers would see the sign that says ONE WAY before you turn on it, some people just don't possess commone sense, lol

posted on 14 Dec 2012, 12:39 1

9. kozza3 (Posts: 574; Member since: 17 Oct 2012)


why did this even get published?

posted on 14 Dec 2012, 14:02

19. LionStone (Posts: 447; Member since: 10 Dec 2010)


Ipone arena needed to appease the iboys and girls :-)

posted on 14 Dec 2012, 13:18 2

15. cripton805 (Posts: 917; Member since: 18 Mar 2012)


Why doesn't Australia get rid of this road? This is a ROAD! Should it not appear on the map? I guess this means they don't want accurate maps. Maybe they should have stuck with the iOS maps.

posted on 14 Dec 2012, 13:22 2

16. dc0321 (Posts: 22; Member since: 21 Nov 2012)


put a sign up that says :dont drive down that road or wild dog will attack u

posted on 14 Dec 2012, 13:58

18. atbaan (Posts: 14; Member since: 13 Dec 2012)


what in the hell is wrong maps these days

posted on 14 Dec 2012, 14:27 1

20. ultimatebatman (Posts: 52; Member since: 04 Dec 2012)


This feels like an iOS loving trooper who feels the need to direct the hate at Google. He's basically asuming that because of google, a bunch of peple will all head for that road at the same time. That's absurd

posted on 14 Dec 2012, 17:39 2

25. ogy_dogy (Posts: 453; Member since: 29 Jun 2012)


My Nokia drive app looks really good right now :)

posted on 14 Dec 2012, 19:01

27. parkwaydr (Posts: 572; Member since: 07 Sep 2011)


I'm just scared that the bus drivers are dependent on GPS in the first place. If its tourists being mislead, yeah that's a problem that needs to be fixed asap. But shouldn't someone who drives a bus for a living not have to depend on GPS?

posted on 14 Dec 2012, 21:27 1

30. lolol (Posts: 64; Member since: 14 Nov 2012)


I'm not an apple fan boy but why does everyone keep bashing apple :O i dont like that company either but if you bash so much about apple's faults then you've to accept this too.. its just ridiculous how people act :/

posted on 14 Dec 2012, 22:04

31. Googlethis (Posts: 170; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


could be alot worse. could of led them to the middle of the no ware and then lose reception.

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