• Police warning: Apple Maps leading motorists astray and into danger

    Police are cautioning motorists against using Apple’s Maps navigation software after drivers accessing the software were led into potentially fatal incidents, in yet another blow to the application since its launch alongside iOS 6 in September.

    Police issued the alert after it was discovered that the Maps app currently positions Mildura in the middle of Murray Sunset National Park, 70km from the correct location, according to a report by the Herald Sun.

    “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 iPhone”, the article outlines.

    “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.”

    Off the beaten track. Apple Maps incorrectly shows the location of Mildura 70km from where the town is situated. Source: Herald Sun.

    The issue follows a string of other Maps-related mishaps since the application launched with Apple’s iOS 6 on September 21. Reports of errors and flaws in the navigation system followed shortly thereafter, prompting the company’s CEO Tim Cook to issue a public apology, suggesting that iOS users download competing map apps while Apple worked on improving the system.

    “At Apple, we strive to make world-class products that deliver the best experience possible to our customers,” wrote Cook. “With the launch of our new Maps last week, we fell short on this commitment.”

    “We are extremely sorry for the frustration this has caused our customers and we are doing everything we can to make Maps better.”

    The Herald Sun reports that Victorian police have contacted Apple regarding the incidents in Mildura, hoping to resolve the software glitch and prevent further problems occurring. In the mean time, authorities advise all motorists travelling to Mildura and other areas within Victoria to access alternative navigation systems until the issue has been fixed.

    Have you had any problems using Apple Maps while driving? Share your experiences in the comments field below, or have your say in MacTalk's current forum thread on the situation.

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