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iPhone users urged to "be careful" following Apple Maps because of life-threatening mistake in Australia

News by Andrew Kameka on Monday December 10, 2012.

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Apple has weathered embarrassing reports concerning the failures of the Maps application in its iOS 6 software, but the latest report from an Australian police force ranks among the worst. Mildura Police have urged Apple iPhone users to be careful when using Apple Maps for directions because the app could mistakenly send them into a remote area with no access to food or water.

According to Victoria Police News, Mildura Police say they have received a number of distress calls to drivers who were lost in the Murray-Sunset National Park after following directions from their iPhones. Apple Maps directs motorists to take a path that leads straight into the national park instead of Mildura, a town located 70km (43.5mi) from where Maps mistakenly sends users. Police have contacted Apple to have the location of Mildura updated in Maps to prevent further confusion.

Apple has received several reports of its map application having locations that are widely inaccurate or missing major landmarks. The company issued an apology after Maps debuted in September, and then reshuffled its top executive structure to appoint new leadership to oversee fixing the problem. Apple is working aggressively to improve its map data and more accurately pinpoint locations to prevent more mistakes like the Mildura incident.

source: Victoria Police News, via: Gizmodo Australia

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