Australian police warn against Apple maps

By on December 10, 2012
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Police in Victoria, Australia are discouraging travelers from using Apple’s Maps application to find their way when out and about. This was after several motorists were directed off route and into the middle of nowhere because of inaccurate coordinates.

According to local reports, Apple maps lists Mildura in the middle of Murray Sunset National Park, which is around 70km away from the actual location. Some motorists were stranded for up to 24 hours before police could reach them, some without adequate food or water.

Apple removed the Google Maps applications from iOS in favor of its own maps application, but users did not take the move lightly. The app was mostly inaccurate with coordinates and wasn’t as full-fledged as Google’s. The outcry from the move was so great that Tim Cook had to officially acknowledge the app’s flaws and issue a public apology, promising further improvements would be made to the app in the future.

(Source: Victoria Police News, CNET)


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