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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42 Comments

1. radeon

Posts: 13; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

Apple's revolutionary way of teaching survival tactics to it's valued customers

8. MeoCao unregistered

There can be some people died b-c of Apple maps already b-c only the survivors lived to tell their stories. I think Apple maps must be banned until the authorities are certain that all life threatening errors are fixed.

15. whysoserious

Posts: 318; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

The problem is not alone within the app itself. I mean, seriously, it's the iPeople who keeps on using it. Why force themselves to use this crappy map app when they know it's faulty in the first place? Geez..

22. MeoCao unregistered

I see yr point, but many people don't have as much info as us geeks, they will simply use the DEFAULT thing and that's not their fault.

44. PhenomFaz

Posts: 1236; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

apple does have another solution :) remove apple maps, take their pride and stick it up their candy-a$$ and revert to google maps :)

32. darkkjedii

Posts: 30977; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

So instead of a simple update, u want apple banned. Why don't u go to Cupertino, stand outside of apple HQ, and stand behind your words like a real protester. Or STFU, and continue your pointless bashing of apple on PA.

40. whysoserious

Posts: 318; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

What part in my post did I mention about banning the iPhone? If it's simple update that you're looking for then Apple could've done that prior to the release of iOS 5 and shoving their own half-baked map app to the iPhone 5. None of these would've happened if the map app was good enough to live up to people's expectation in the first place. Try to understand one's point first before you respond with pointless replies like that.

41. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

@darkii That is actually a great idea. I am genuinely surprised there isn't/wasn't an Occupy-style movement for apple

27. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Hahaha Lmao, good news™®©

28. Sangeet

Posts: 232; Member since: Apr 21, 2012

people are getting lost and you think this is a good news?? You're Weird!!

33. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Your still unsmart to understand this post™®©

37. lolioslol

Posts: 182; Member since: Dec 10, 2012

Well they're apple fans so really nothing of value was lost (pun intended).

2. ama3654

Posts: 295; Member since: Nov 27, 2012

Take off the damn map altogether, its dangerous everywhere not just Australia, people can drive off bridges or worst still end up in a shooting range!

3. wendygarett unregistered

But I'm still enjoying the Apple map, it has siri integration so that I don't need to walk while looking my phone, I just listen what siri says and I believe siri won't trick me :( Please Mr police, don't banned the Apple map :(

5. AWiseGuy

Posts: 68; Member since: Oct 30, 2012

My phone, still running Gingerbread, has the option for voice navigation on its Google maps application. I really don't see how Siri's ability to speak is anything special.

6. caseball2051

Posts: 31; Member since: Feb 09, 2012

wendy you must live a sad life to come on here all the time and post such nonsensical drivel.

12. MixMaster

Posts: 18; Member since: Nov 09, 2012

My God you really have been brainwashed! You keep comenting at every single article from this site praising Apple and begging them to take the money you do not have. I bet you even masturbate at a picture of an iphone concept! Damn!

42. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

@mixmaster in fairness, not all of user "wendygarett"'s posts are pro apple.

16. SonyXperiaNexus

Posts: 374; Member since: Oct 01, 2012

and here i thought your comments were staring to mature.....

21. kanagadeepan

Posts: 1248; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

I wish you really use iOS6 apple Maps and spare the Phonearena articles...

23. apexKBC

Posts: 92; Member since: Dec 10, 2012

i know one thing & dat is Apple FANS r tru liers. oopps sorry new innovation ilie. Now tell apple to patent it!

24. redmd

Posts: 1928; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

wow many seem to forget what sarcasm is.

30. wendygarett unregistered

so you understand me? cool lol

43. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

If you are being sarcastic, please use the "/s" tag at the end of your posts. Some fill genuinely believe what some people are sarcastic about.

4. BadAssAbe

Posts: 507; Member since: Apr 22, 2011

This is a classic case of natural selection, if you know what I mean. LOL

10. MeoCao unregistered

Great idea, I think we should send Tim Cook to the Aussie Outback with no supplies and let him find way back to civilization using Apple Maps.

14. schinnak

Posts: 116; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

LOL! Good one. Made my otherwise gloomy Monday at office :-)))

7. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

It would be funny to see iPhone users suing apple for the misleading ios6 maps

31. Valdomero

Posts: 666; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

Apple will sue them for suing them, sueception!!

35. microsoftnokiawin

Posts: 1268; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

apple would be like we warned so you have no choice

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