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

39. neurobiologist

Posts: 89; Member since: Nov 07, 2012

How unprofessionally is that, to present untested by yourself product. How hard was that for the company to spend one day while playing with dummy requests from all other the world to see the problem and hold presentation?

38. lolioslol

Posts: 182; Member since: Dec 10, 2012

Tim Cook: "you're using it wrong! Everyone knows there is no proper or practical use for apple maps

34. RapidCat

Posts: 351; Member since: Jun 12, 2012

i check all my town data when using google maps. i don't want any error with the map. i know google have good reputation but people sometimes made mistake. even when i use nokia maps sometimes i found an error. map say i walk in the river not road. just try check all your town data for apple maps, before its to late, just sharing

36. microsoftnokiawin

Posts: 1268; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

when it says you were in the river not the road that is possibly an error with the signal locating you not the maps

29. angelesmec unregistered

This is not good..to be killed by relying on this kind of mapping service.

25. redmd

Posts: 1965; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

why not use Google maps instead.

18. SonyXperiaNexus

Posts: 374; Member since: Oct 01, 2012

Apple is using its consumers as baitatesters...

17. SonyXperiaNexus

Posts: 374; Member since: Oct 01, 2012

hahahahahahahaha... it totally deserved its place in the 20 dumbest list.

19. whysoserious

Posts: 318; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

Goes well with the dumbest people on earth who still relies on it despite the fact of it being faulty. "Oh look mom! We're lost in the middle of nowhere and there are snakes and scorpions everywhere! But no worries, we're using iPhone 5 so we're still cool."

13. Defaramade

Posts: 12; Member since: Jul 01, 2012

Wendy how sure are u dat siri won't trick u ?

11. Thephonegeek

Posts: 118; Member since: Nov 22, 2012

First people got ilost but now they will be idead. If they aren't idead then they will turn into Bear Grylls.

9. apexKBC

Posts: 92; Member since: Dec 10, 2012

pphhhheeew, is world map alright?

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: 707; 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

4. BadAssAbe

Posts: 509; 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 :-)))

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: 1291; 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: 1965; 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.

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!

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