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Australian Apple Maps Users Stranded in Park for 24 Hours

By - Source: Victoria Police | B 21 comments

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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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    keastwood , December 11, 2012 1:32 PM
    Survival of the fittest. People who buy Apple products, die in the desert.
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    guru_urug , December 11, 2012 1:19 PM
    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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    digiex , December 11, 2012 1:13 PM
    I already read this article all over internet, I'm glad Tom had pick it up already.
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  • 16 Hide
    digiex , December 11, 2012 1:13 PM
    I already read this article all over internet, I'm glad Tom had pick it up already.
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    fuzznarf , December 11, 2012 1:15 PM
    Well, at least they were only 70km away... still better than MapQuest
  • 18 Hide
    guru_urug , December 11, 2012 1:19 PM
    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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    Anonymous , December 11, 2012 1:26 PM
    lol crapple

    stink different
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    house70 , December 11, 2012 1:26 PM
    46 degrees (celsius)? That's pretty hot.

    Well, I guess this was bound to happen. Probably already did more often than reported, likely because the potentially deadly scenarios were not common.
    In that kind of heat, 70 km can as well be 700 km. You can't make it 10 km without hydration.
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    keastwood , December 11, 2012 1:32 PM
    Survival of the fittest. People who buy Apple products, die in the desert.
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    warezme , December 11, 2012 2:29 PM
    Why anyone would use an iphone for GPS is beyond sane. GPS on an iphone is a gimmick and not a very good one. I had a friend who rode with me to Albuqueque NM, to pick up a vintage auto and he insisted on using his iphone for GPS. Well in NM, because of the mountains a phone signal is spotty and the iphone likes to use either cell towers or connection to download its info instead of storing anything and by the time we would get an update we had driven miles past our exits. I finally had to pull over and plug in a real GPS receiver into my laptop and we got to were we needed to be.
  • 4 Hide
    Anonymous , December 11, 2012 2:52 PM
    So police or government must react to change ios maps lol. My reported errors are ignored. Apple go home !
  • 4 Hide
    sonofliberty08 , December 11, 2012 2:53 PM
    the lossing sheep......
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    axiler , December 11, 2012 2:55 PM
    Quote:
    Australia have gotten themselves into a spot of bother because they stuck with Maps.


    I'm not partially good with grammar..but shouldn't it be
    Quote:
    Australia have gotten themselves into a spot of bother because they ARE stuck with APPLE Maps.


    If I'm wrong I'm wrong, just makes it easier to read then "They stuck with Maps".
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    g00fysmiley , December 11, 2012 3:03 PM
    how did the people who followed thier maps 70k away into a national park ever earn enough money to afford an apple product.. seriously .. who let them out of the group home
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    Anonymous , December 11, 2012 3:07 PM
    This isn't Apple fault. The morons that went out into the desert should have had a better understanding of navigation before they left. And made a point to know where the hell they are.

    This is just plain stupidty up there with someoen buying hot coffee at a restaurant then being suprised that they burned themselves because the coffee was hot.
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    becherovka , December 11, 2012 3:49 PM
    keastwoodSurvival of the fittest. People who buy Apple products, die in the desert.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Darwin_Awards
    I blame the Police for saving them and letting them breed. There are major signs to Mildura yet they still got lost. Blind faith in apple, another example of sheep.
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    twelch82 , December 11, 2012 4:20 PM
    warezmeWhy anyone would use an iphone for GPS is beyond sane. GPS on an iphone is a gimmick and not a very good one. I had a friend who rode with me to Albuqueque NM, to pick up a vintage auto and he insisted on using his iphone for GPS. Well in NM, because of the mountains a phone signal is spotty and the iphone likes to use either cell towers or connection to download its info instead of storing anything and by the time we would get an update we had driven miles past our exits. I finally had to pull over and plug in a real GPS receiver into my laptop and we got to were we needed to be.


    I wouldn't use it as a hiking GPS, but I used a phone with a maps app for driving navigation for years.
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    Anonymous , December 11, 2012 4:24 PM
    Nice of Tom's to post the info late and not complete. No info on the fact that the problem has been corrected. Must be why I rarely read Tom's info.
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    drdino , December 11, 2012 4:45 PM
    axilerIf I'm wrong I'm wrong, just makes it easier to read then "They stuck with Maps".


    Actually, what they're saying is that the people kept using Maps (i.e. they "stuck it out"), not that the people of Australia are stuck with Maps.
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    techy74 , December 11, 2012 8:23 PM
    Makes me glad I have been using Maps for WIndows Phone 7. Never had a problem.
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    _Cubase_ , December 11, 2012 8:23 PM
    I love it here in Australia. Not only does our wildlife kill you (can't swim: crocs and sharks, can't go camping: snakes and spiders, can't go bushwalking: drop bears), now you can't go driving: Apple maps.
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    abbadon_34 , December 11, 2012 8:40 PM
    ever heard of a paper map ???
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    fatdoi , December 12, 2012 12:31 AM
    Folks, Mildura is not a park, it's a town with 30000 population, so you'll expect a device with GPS mapping should provide quite accurate navigation pointing travelers there, not 70km away. No excuse to Apple or their fanboys
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