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Australia police discourage use of Apple maps app after rescues

Police say they have rescued a half dozen motorists in recent weeks who were using the app to navigate to a city only to find themselves stranded in the wilderness of a national park.

Apple recognized that its map app was so bad that it encouraged using a competing app, but the police in Australia suggest such a move might save the lives of motorists Down Under.

Police in Victoria, Australia, issued a warning Monday discouraging iPhone users from using Apple's map app after rescuing several people who became stranded in recent weeks in the wilderness following the app's directions -- some who were stranded 24 hours without adequate food and water.

Police said they rescued six motorists who were stranded following Apple's directions to reach an inland city were instead being directed to a national park -- some 43 miles from their desired destination.

"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," police said in a statement. "Police 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.

"Anyone travelling to Mildura or other locations within Victoria should rely on other forms of mapping until this matter is rectified," the police concluded.

CNET has contacted Apple for comment and will update this report when we learn more.

Apple ignited consumer fervor in September when it opted to dump Google Maps from iOS6, forcing users to switch to Apple's app, which many users found to be underwhelming or inaccurate when compared with Google's offering.

The firestorm prompted Apple CEO Tim Cook to publicly apologize for the software and promise improvements. The ouster of iOS software chief Scott Forstall was said to be linked to Cook's apology and Forstall's unwillingness to sign it. Richard Williamson, who was in charge of the company's maps software for iOS, was also reportedly fired.

http://news.cnet.com/8301-13579_3-57558151-37/australia-police-discourage-use-of-apple-maps-app-after-rescues/



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"Police say they have rescued a half dozen motorists in recent weeks who were using the app to navigate to a city only to find themselves stranded in the wilderness of a national park."

lmfao, my sides are hurting



This whole debacle has left me with a much greater appreciation for the effort Google puts into their services.

Apple, it's grown so big its cracking!

I'm so glad I never jumped on the apple bandwagon. You just can't defend the carelessness of this.

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I've heard the App was bad, but wtf?!

I was using it to go to my friends house who lives and few miles from me and ended up 300 miles away!

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man-bear-pig said:
I was using it to go to my friends house who lives and few miles from me and ended up 300 miles away!

That is your fault then.



I gotta say. I doubt this would have happened if Jobs was still around. He was arrogant with a mean streak, but that meant people didn't screw up on his watch.

What happened to Apple the last time he left? Perhaps Cook et al think this time Apple's too big to go down that path again. Maybe, maybe not. But if the rot does set in Jobs ain't coming back.

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It's really sad and infuriating.

If I were the authorities I would order Apple to shut down that service until they make it work properly.

It is not a joke, it is putting people's life in danger.



 

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