Monday, December 10, 2012

Australian police in Mildura call the new Apple maps app 'a potentially life threatening issue'

One wondered when someone would say it out loud: Apple's new maps are dangerous. In fact, police in Muldura, Australia are the new maps "a potentially life threatening issue."

My own tests with the new Apple maps have shown that the data inside the apps are totally unacceptable – why Apple didn't see that is anyone's guess. But now more real world testing by iPhone owners is showing just how bad the maps really are.

Mildura, a city in Australia with a population of 30,000, has been forced to issue a statement warning motorists not to rely on the new Apple maps when trying to find their city.
"Mildura Police are urging motorists to be careful when relying on the mapping system on the Apple i-phones operating on the iOS 6 system after a number of motorists were directed off the beaten track in recent weeks," the statement warned.

"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 warn that the park has no water supply and can be extremely warm, up to 114 degrees farenheit.

"Some of the motorists located by police have been stranded for up to 24 hours," the police statement said, "without food or water and have walked long distances through dangerous terrain to get phone reception."

Mildura police have contacted Apple concerning the problem, but advised travelers to the area that they "should rely on other forms of mapping until this matter is rectified."