Police have put out a warning to those using Apple Maps in iOS 6, that some motorists following the application's directions to Mildura, Victoria have actually ended up with no food, water or cell service for more than 24 hours while getting lost in an extremely dangerous area. Inspector Simon Clemmence of Victoria Police says that six vehicles had contacted the police for help after getting lost using Apple Maps, including one man who had to walk more than 24 hours before he was able to make a call on his handset. Clemmence said that it was not as hot that day, or else the man never would have made it. And with the summer approaching in the country, the police sent an e-mail to Apple last Monday to warn them of the flaw, but as of Sunday it had not been fixed.
Interestingly, most of the drivers were not tourists, but were natives trying to get to Mildura or heading to Sydney through the city. Clemmence added that it took more than a day for the Victoria Police to figure out how to contact Apple, before finding a police only email address for the tech titan.
Apple CEO Tim Cook has apologized for the problems with Apple Maps, suggesting that iOS 6 users switch to other mapping services until Apple Maps is fixed. The company has looked at hiring former Google Maps workers and has fired some executives responsible for the application.
"These are just family cars that are being directed up these roads. They turn into sandy tracks and they get stuck… Some people just trust the technology. Any sat-nav is going to give you errors, but this one in particular is giving us a big one that may end up in a loss of life."-Inspector Simon Clemmence, Victoria Police
source: VictoriaPoliceNews via Forbes