December 10, 2012
Police in Victoria, Australia have issued a warning to motorists regarding Apple Maps:
Don't use it.
Officials spoke out after several travelers became stranded in the Murray-Sunset National Park trying to reach the city of Mildura using Apple's utterly inaccurate directions.
Tests of the system by police confirm the mapping application lists Mildura in the middle of the Murray Sunset National Park, about 43 MILES from its actual location.
Police are extremely concerned as there is no water within the Park and temperatures can reach as high as 114 degrees, making this a potentially life threatening issue.
Some motorists located by police were stranded for up to 24 hours without food or water and walked long distances through dangerous terrain to get cell service.
A report from Australia's ABC News reveals that Victoria police have had to rescue a total of six people in the last two months after they became lost using Maps.
After the launch of iOS 6, which included the new Maps application, Apple received criticism over inaccuracies in mapping data like the mislocation in Victoria.
The Apple Maps manager was fired over it.
Apple CEO Tim Cook even issued a personal apology to the public over the debacle, promising to improve the app, reiterating that Apple "screwed up" badly.
Cook is "putting the weight of the company behind correcting it," he assures.
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