Misguided Apple Maps Could Kill You: Aussie Cops

Motorists using app stranded in wilderness
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 10, 2012 2:25 AM CST
Aussie Cops: Using Apple Maps Could Kill You
Despite what Apple's map says, this is a salt lake in the Murray-Sunset National Park, not the city of Mildura.   (Papphase/Wikipedia)

Apple's much-maligned mapping system is so flawed that motorists who rely on it run the risk of ending up dead in the wilderness, Australia police warn. Over the last few weeks, six motorists have become stranded in Victoria state's Murray Sunset National Park when following the map app's directions to a city more than 40 miles away, CNET reports. Some iPhone users were stranded in the park for two hours without enough food and water.

Police in the area have urged drivers to rely on other forms of mapping. "Police are extremely concerned as there is no water supply within the park," they said in a statement, warning that temperatures in the park could reach 115 degrees Fahrenheit, making the map problem "a potentially life-threatening issue." Apple has yet to comment on the issue. (More Victoria stories.)

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