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Australian Firefighters Call Apple Maps 'Dangerous'

By - Source: SMH | B 23 comments

Country Fire Authority in Australia explains mapping solution's inaccuracies.


Apple's much-criticized maps app has been labelled "dangerous" by the Country Fire Authority in Victoria, Australia.

The CFA's FireReady app for iOS is used by citizens to report bushfires, with the app requiring users to utilize Apple Maps. However, several locations depicted on the app are inaccurate. "Macedon and a number of other Victorian towns are located incorrectly," the firefighters said.

Upon a fire being reported, the firefighters have been experiencing issues in locating the reported area due to the aforementioned inaccuracies. "Users report that towns are located on their maps at the center of the district rather than on the actual township itself," said a CFA spokesman.

One complaint was of a user stating that Apple Maps doesn't always show the name of the city or township, thereby making it difficult to find the exact location of a fire. CFA stressed that when it complained to Apple Australia, the firm told it to report the problem through the Apple Maps app itself.

"We would advise FireReady app users with iOS6 installed on their devices to disregard Apple Maps township locations and instead focus on street names and the location of incidents & warnings in relation to their GPS location," the CFA said.

CFA suggested that users employ more than one source for emergency information, with the agency mentioning its website (based on Google Maps), which also showcases warnings.

Australian Apple Maps users have been stranded in a park for 24 hours due to inaccuracies. Authorities have also issued a warning for those who use Google Maps. Since then, Apple has applied fixes to its mapping solution, as well as promising to deliver more throughout 2013.

 

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    Devoteicon , February 14, 2013 5:06 PM
    Apple's side of the story: Not a single fuck given
  • 27 Hide
    sliem , February 14, 2013 5:14 PM
    Don't bother them, they are busy innovating.
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    aries1470 , February 14, 2013 5:25 PM

    1. We are always right (correct).
    2. If you believe you have found a mistake, refer to rule no. 1.
    3. There is no number 3. Refer to rule 1.

    Or send an email to donotreply.apple.com This is an un-monitorted email address
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  • 28 Hide
    Devoteicon , February 14, 2013 5:06 PM
    Apple's side of the story: Not a single fuck given
  • 27 Hide
    sliem , February 14, 2013 5:14 PM
    Don't bother them, they are busy innovating.
  • 13 Hide
    gggplaya , February 14, 2013 5:21 PM
    Google execs are opening up the champagne once again.
  • 18 Hide
    aries1470 , February 14, 2013 5:25 PM

    1. We are always right (correct).
    2. If you believe you have found a mistake, refer to rule no. 1.
    3. There is no number 3. Refer to rule 1.

    Or send an email to donotreply.apple.com This is an un-monitorted email address
  • 15 Hide
    SoiledBottom , February 14, 2013 5:27 PM
    Your putting out the wrong fires
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    john15v16 , February 14, 2013 5:29 PM
    This comes to mind...When apple attempted to develop their own desktop OS (OS7,8,9) and realized that it was a failure, they "Innovated" (sarcasm intended) and decided to switch to a Unix and focus on the shell instead of the kernel. That was an excellent move because starting with panther, apple OS has only improved. Well...you would think that by now apple would learn from their past mistakes and stop attempting to build solutions which they are obviously NOT good at...
  • 14 Hide
    n700a_g1 , February 14, 2013 5:29 PM
    Crapple response: You stupid firefighters don't know how to operate your truck correctly
  • 16 Hide
    wannabepro , February 14, 2013 5:40 PM
    Maybe they're holding it wrong...
  • 6 Hide
    house70 , February 14, 2013 5:54 PM
    If their website is GMaps-based, they don't even need to use Apple maps.
    In fact, nobody needs Apple Maps.
  • 10 Hide
    Memnarchon , February 14, 2013 5:59 PM
    Nah, Apple is correct. The roads need to innovate more and let cars to levitate.
  • 6 Hide
    becherovka , February 14, 2013 6:37 PM
    Apple maps were there first so we need to change the world to look like their maps.
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    Chairman Ray , February 14, 2013 7:23 PM
    What if Apple Maps actually works as intended, and they just really hate firefighters?
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    LightningStryk17 , February 14, 2013 7:51 PM
    Well, I never had a problem with Apple maps when I've used it (but I guess I am just one person). anyways, my point is you can use an alternative. Google Maps is on the iOS now. If your still complaining about Apple Maps than you are now the problem as a solution exists.
  • 2 Hide
    Soda-88 , February 14, 2013 7:56 PM
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pZ7RwGRLwK0
  • 9 Hide
    iam2thecrowe , February 14, 2013 7:59 PM
    maybe people will start to realize that Apple should not be used for anything of importance. Their products are toys.
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    otacon72 , February 14, 2013 8:33 PM
    Um ok....just call 911 or their equivalent. You don't have to use a freakin app for everything.
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    opmopadop , February 14, 2013 8:51 PM
    otacon72Um ok....just call 911 or their equivalent. You don't have to use a freakin app for everything.

    Australia is one spread out beast of a country, think like your watching 'Labyrinth' when driving around!
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    f-14 , February 14, 2013 10:28 PM
    rand mcnally should jump on the gun and put out apps for iOS and rand mcnally should also sue apple because the maps are patented
  • 2 Hide
    invlem , February 14, 2013 11:15 PM
    You're using a consumer app to report emergencies... Last I checked the iPhone was still capable of calling 911 (or the Australian equivalent if its different)...

    ITS A PHONE PEOPLE, IT CAN MAKE PHONE CALLS!!!
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    abbadon_34 , February 14, 2013 11:20 PM
    invlem...ITS A PHONE PEOPLE, IT CAN MAKE PHONE CALLS!!!


    AMEN!
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