Australian Police Warn Against Using Apple Maps After People Left Stranded
Published on: 10th Dec 2012
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Australian police are urging motorists to be careful when relying on Apple's notoriously bad maps service as a number of motorists were stranded in the middle of a wild national park instead of arriving at a nearby town.
Mildura Police in Victoria State said that they have been called to assist distressed motorists who have become stranded within the Murray-Sunset National Park after following directions on their Apple iPhone.
Tests on the mapping system by police confirm the mapping systems lists Mildura in the middle of the Murray Sunset National Park, approximately 70km away from the actual location of Mildura.
The police said that they are extremely concerned as there is no water supply within the Park and temperatures can reach as high as 46 degrees, making this a potentially life threatening issue.
Some of the motorists located by police have been stranded for up to 24 hours without food or water and have walked long distances through dangerous terrain to get phone reception.
The police added that anyone travelling to Mildura or other locations within Victoria should rely on other forms of mapping until this matter is rectified.