If you thought Maps showing the Hoover Dam or Brooklyn Bridge as being contorted was the worst it could get with Apple’s own maps application, you were wrong. At least, according to the Australian authorities you are. Thanks to the software’s tendency to direct people to nowhere near the location desired, one place in particular – Mildura – has come under the spotlight.
“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.”
If any motorists were to take Maps’ advice and follow the route in to the desert, it could easily end up in being stranded with no access to food or water. Potentially fatal. It’s further negative press for Apple regarding something the CEO and his staff are working hard to get sorted. Fast.
Remember, if you find that Apple Maps does lead you to the wrong location, you can use the “Report a Problem” option within the app.