Australian Apple Maps Users Stranded in Park for 24 Hours

When iOS 6 launched, the reaction Apple's new Maps application was less than positive. To say the app had some issues would be something of an understatement. Apple CEO Tim Cook publicly apologized for the problems with Maps and even pointed iPhone users towards alternative services while Apple worked to make Maps better. However, it seems some motorists in Australia have gotten themselves into a spot of bother because they stuck with Maps.

Police in Victoria, Australia, have warned that Apple Maps has the location of the city of Mildura approximately 70km away from the actual location of Mildura. The error has led to a number of people ending up in the wrong place while attempting to navigate to Mildura. Though this is nothing new, it seems Apple Maps is leading these motorists into a potentially dangerous situation.

"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 i-phone," Victoria Police News reports, continuing on to say: "Police are extremely concerned as there is no water supply within the Park and temperatures can reach as high as 46 degrees, making this a potentially life threatening issue."

Victoria police said they have contacted Apple about the mistake and are hoping it's fixed quickly. In the meantime, they advise against using Apple Maps if you're traveling to Mildura or any other locations within Victoria.

[Update] According to the Guardian, Apple has fixed the mistake

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  • Survival of the fittest. People who buy Apple products, die in the desert.
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  • We might have found the iphone killer :P
    Seriously the people who got lost have more money than sense. Still doesnt beat the woman who drove into the lake coz her gps said so.
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  • I already read this article all over internet, I'm glad Tom had pick it up already.
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  • I already read this article all over internet, I'm glad Tom had pick it up already.
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  • Well, at least they were only 70km away... still better than MapQuest
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  • We might have found the iphone killer :P
    Seriously the people who got lost have more money than sense. Still doesnt beat the woman who drove into the lake coz her gps said so.
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