Apple’s Maps Leaves Travelers Stranded in Dangerous Conditions at Australian National Park

Apple’s Maps is to blame for at least a half dozen travelers becoming stranded at the Murray-Sunset National Park in Australia after being provided incorrect directions en route to the nearby city of Mildura.

Victoria Police have urged travelers over the weekend about the discrepancy in Apple’s Maps, warning that motorists be careful when using the new mapping solution due to dangerous conditions.

Police are extremely concerned as there is no water supply within the Park and temperatures can reach as high as 46 degrees (114 degrees Fahrenheit) 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 new mapping service in iOS 6 shows Mildura, Australia in the middle of Murray-Sunset National Park, when realistically the city is 70 kilometres (43.5 miles) to the northeast. Victoria Police have since notified Apple of the problem.

Apple’s Maps have been highly scrutinized since iOS 6 launched, with CEO Tim Cook apologizing for the situation and even suggesting alternative mapping solutions in the meantime. Apple also let go of iOS head Scott Forstall and Maps chief Richard Williamson in connection with the flawed service.


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