Apple Maps have come under fire yet again, after police from Victoria, Australia were forced to place a warning on their website to anyone traveling to the town of Mildura. Apple Maps place Mildura in the centre of Murray-Sunset National Park, around 70 kms away from its true location.
The warning came after police had to rescue several travelers who became stranded after trying to reach Mildura. Police say,
“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” leading to “potentially life threatening situations”.
Victoria Police have notified Apple of this error and have advised travelers to use an alternative form of mapping until Apple Maps have been sorted out. Apple has been besieged with complaints about the app, after people noticed complete landmarks, towns and cities being misplaced or missing altogether.
The Maps App was brought out to replace Google Maps on iOS 6 but has since proved to be one of the biggest errors that Apple have made in their entire history. CEO Tim Cook has already been forced to make a public apology, with a promise that things would be put right and advising customers to use other maps apps in the meantime.
While the problem with the maps was inconvenient and embarrassing when it first came out, this has now turned it to a dangerous situation that needs rectifying or removing from iOS 6 altogether, until a permanent solution can be found. Should similar situations arise in the USA Apple could find itself the target of some very costly lawsuits.
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