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Once again, Apple Maps is called "dangerous"

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Once again, Apple Maps is called
You might remember back in December when police in Australia called Apple Maps "life-threatening" because mistakes in the maps could lead a person to get lost in the Outback. The problem is that the town of Mildura is listed 43 miles away from where it is really located and those who travel to the city could find themselves lost without food, and cell service. One poor guy had to walk 24 hours just to get cell service.

The FireReady app for iOS

The FireReady app for iOS

Now, it is the Country Fire Authority in Victoria (CFA) who is calling Apple Maps "dangerous". It all has to do with the Agency's FireReady app for iOS, which is used by citizens to report bushfires. The app is required to use Apple Maps and the maps turned out to be inaccurate. "Macedon and a number of other Victorian towns are located incorrectly," said the firefighters. Once a fire is reported, the firefighters are having problems getting to the location because of the inaccuracies. "Users report that towns are located on their maps at the center of the district rather than on the actual township itself," said a CFA spokesman.

Many complaints have been made regarding the potential danger of using Apple Maps with the FireReady app. One complaint noted that Apple Maps doesn't always show the name of the city or township, making it hard to find the exact location of a fire. CFA says that when it complained directly to Apple Australia, it was told to report the problem via the Apple Maps app.

"We would advise FireReady app users with iOS6 installed on their devices to disregard Apple Maps township locations and instead focus on street names and the location of incidents & warnings in relation to their GPS location."-CFA

CFA suggested that people use more than one source for emergency information and noted that their website also shows warnings. Free from the shackles of the Apple ecosystem, the website uses Google Maps.

source: SydneyMorningHerald via TUAW

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posted on 13 Feb 2013, 20:43 20

1. BackHandLegend (Posts: 80; Member since: 15 Dec 2012)


Lawlz

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 23:36

11. imsickwithsmartphone (Posts: 153; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


Everyone knows that XXD

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 20:46 22

2. Equilibrium (Posts: 18; Member since: 15 Nov 2012)


Definitely dangerous, but at least they are not putting the blame solely on apple maps and suggesting the users use some common sense.

Responsible criticism!

Google and Nokia maps will be the most advanced free mobile navigation apps for some time still.

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 00:18 2

14. phil2n (Posts: 466; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


Thats the result of being selfish instead of putting nokia maps on fireapp.. the default maps is apple maps which very bad in navigating..

Sorry but i have to blame apple not the fireapp itself

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 21:24 15

3. FireDragon (Posts: 107; Member since: 13 Nov 2009)


That is more than serious! This is matter of life and death.

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 21:32

4. jroc74 (Posts: 4076; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


I live in the US in a major city. I just give the address..and assume the police, ambulance or fire engine knows where to go. For the most part they do...they must use some type of GPS device in the vehicles. Or must be familiar with the area.

Am I missing something? Who are these ppl relying on Apple Maps locations instead of just giving street or town names?

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 21:39 11

5. D_Tech-tive (Posts: 104; Member since: 12 Feb 2012)


Pathetic Apple has to use Google Maps cause they don't have their stuff together.

Innovative? Ha ha!

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 23:35

10. quakan (Posts: 1084; Member since: 02 Mar 2011)


Apple isn't using them, currently Apple is using their own mapping application. The Google Maps app is available for use through the app store, in case you didn't know.

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 21:44 12

6. gmracer1 (Posts: 646; Member since: 28 Dec 2012)


New warning label...

WARNING: Any affiliation with Apple--whether using their devices or being a fanboy--is hazardous to one's health.

True story.

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 23:50

12. quakan (Posts: 1084; Member since: 02 Mar 2011)


I would think it would be more dangerous to your health to be an Android fan extremist that focuses more on Apple than Android. That excessive stress and excitement can't be good for anyone's health.

It doesn't make sense to proclaim your hatred for Apple but yet read and comment on more Apple articles than anything else. It's like you like getting worked up and bothered. It's clear that there is overwhelming majority support for all things related to Android on this website from commenters, so then why do Apple articles generate the most comments from you all? Me personally, I don't click on stories I'm not interested in. Maybe you all should follow suit.

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 04:37 4

17. lyndon420 (Posts: 1642; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


Uhmmm...no. Apple still sucks. When they stop sucking as a company the bashing will stop.

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 11:43

18. gmracer1 (Posts: 646; Member since: 28 Dec 2012)


Exactly!!!

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 11:57

19. gmracer1 (Posts: 646; Member since: 28 Dec 2012)


How about you mind your own business and stay on your own track. Don't jump on my track or anyone else's.

You're talking to someone who does not GAF. But you go ahead and keep wasting your superior typing skills.

P.S. -- Apple and its customers make me a sadist :-)

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 22:14 14

7. daftastic (Posts: 87; Member since: 07 Jan 2013)


Apple's comment:

"You're reading the maps wrong."

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 22:54 1

8. cameogt (Posts: 88; Member since: 18 Oct 2012)


this is to blame for the developer of FireReady app. they know that Apple Map is a mess. why should integrate the map to the app?

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 00:03 9

13. PapaSmurf (Posts: 6658; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Because iOS directs any app to Apple Maps. Without jail breaking, you really have no other option.

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 23:16 9

9. rusticguy (Posts: 2811; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


I think not just maps APPLE as a company is dangerous ...

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 01:03 4

15. jsdechavez (Posts: 676; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)


Simple. Switch to Android or Windows Phone and use Google Maps or Nokia/Here maps.

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 02:40

16. bvalde09 (Posts: 171; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


I mean it just works.

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