Police in Australia say Apple Maps is potentially life-threatening

Police in Australia say Apple Maps is potentially life-threatening
Imagine being lost in the Australian Outback in an area consisting of 3,000 square miles of dangerous terrain with poisonous snakes, very little water, temperatures as high as 115 degrees fahrenheit and rare mobile phone reception. Thanks to a flaw in Apple Maps, this area is listed as being Mildura when it is actually Sunset National Park. This is not a regular Park with BBQ pits and volleyball nets. This is an extremely dangerous area of the Australian bush that is 43 miles away from where Mildura really is located.

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.

source: VictoriaPoliceNews via Forbes
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