Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Aussie police warn of Apple Maps' dangers after several tourists stranded

You may recall how the Irish Minister of Justice called the new iOS 6 Apple Maps app "dangerous." Well, he's been joined by another government official -- or rather, entity -- as Australian police have similarly warned against using Apple Maps.

Several tourists have become stranded in Murray-Sunset National Park after following directions in iOS 6. Police have confirmed that Apple Maps shows the city of Mildura in the center of the Murray Sunset National Park, approximately 70km (43.5 miles) away from its actual location. The difference is seen above, in an image from Google Maps.

Because of the difference, police have had to respond to motorists who have become lost or stranded within the park. The park has no source of water supply and worse, temperatures can reach 46 degrees Celsius (115 degrees Fahrenheit).

According to the report, some of the travelers that police have rescued were without food or water for 24 hours, or have even trekked long distances on foot -- through dangerous terrain -- to find cell phone reception.

Earlier, after Apple released its own Maps app -- it famously ditched Google's Maps late in the game, reportedly because Google would not agree to add turn-by-turn navigation -- it was beset by bug reports.

Ireland’s Minister for Justice Alan Shatter described the new Maps app as "dangerous." That was because the new app had a huge FUBAR: it labeled Airfield Garden, a working farm in a residential area, as an airport.

Update: Apple has updated its Maps system after the police warning.

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