Police in Victoria, Australia have issued a warning against the use of iOS 6 Maps after several motorists, who relied on the inbuilt Maps app, were stranded in inhospitable locations, nearly 70 km (43.5 miles) away from their actual destination, due to incorrect labelling of locations.
Local Police have been called to assist distressed motorists who have become stranded within the Murray-Sunset National Park after following directions on their Apple i-phone.
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 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 red pin is the incorrect label, while the purple pin is the actual location of Midura city
The iOS 6 Maps app has been a huge source of embarrassment for Apple, with the service being widely criticised after launch for having incomplete, and in many cases even incorrect, data. Because Maps have, over the years, become a frequently used feature on smartphones, Apple’s CEO Tim Cook even had to issue a public apology for the not-so-great service. While Apple is taking measures to improve its locations database, it looks like the company still hasn’t caught glaring, and potentially dangerous, errors like this one.
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