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

Now it's Google Maps' turn to force a warning from Australian 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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31 Comments

1. Nikolas.Oliver

Posts: 1574; Member since: Jul 01, 2012

Atleast google has responded it...

10. darkkjedii

Posts: 31057; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

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

17. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 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.

21. darkkjedii

Posts: 31057; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Stop ur whining

28. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 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!

29. jacko1977

Posts: 428; Member since: Feb 11, 2012

2. DetroitTech

Posts: 66; Member since: Nov 02, 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.

11. darkkjedii

Posts: 31057; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

So what's new

13. loyals

Posts: 129; Member since: Nov 10, 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 !!

14. loyals

Posts: 129; Member since: Nov 10, 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 !

22. darkkjedii

Posts: 31057; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Exactly. Bunch of big babies

24. asseek

Posts: 164; Member since: Sep 12, 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

3. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

They received a warning from them, onliy to find out they were wrong in their assertions. Of course the headline says otherwise...

4. JonBjSig

Posts: 176; Member since: Nov 17, 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.

23. Stuntman

Posts: 843; Member since: Aug 01, 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.

5. bloodline

Posts: 706; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

Google wins again.

6. jibraihimi

Posts: 807; Member since: Nov 29, 2011

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

7. McLTE

Posts: 922; Member since: Oct 18, 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.

12. darkkjedii

Posts: 31057; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

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

26. parkwaydr

Posts: 572; Member since: Sep 07, 2011

Just how was he making excuses? " I'm glad there are people checking out these things" isn't an excuse. Its a statement.

8. Rayvelynn

Posts: 124; Member since: Jul 05, 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

9. kozza3

Posts: 778; Member since: Oct 17, 2012

why did this even get published?

19. LionStone

Posts: 1048; Member since: Dec 10, 2010

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

15. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 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.

16. dc0321

Posts: 24; Member since: Nov 21, 2012

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

18. atbaan

Posts: 15; Member since: Dec 13, 2012

what in the hell is wrong maps these days

20. ultimatebatman

Posts: 52; Member since: Dec 04, 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

25. ogy_dogy

Posts: 453; Member since: Jun 29, 2012

My Nokia drive app looks really good right now :)

27. parkwaydr

Posts: 572; Member since: Sep 07, 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?

30. lolol

Posts: 64; Member since: Nov 14, 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 :/

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