Apple Maps which replaced Google Maps with the release of iOS 6 on the iPhone and iPad have come under a fair bit of criticism since the app was launched, and now police in Australia have called Apple Maps ‘potentially life threatening’.
Police in Victoria have urged people not to use Apple Maps after motorists have become lost and stranded in the Australian outback for up to 24 hours without any food or water.
Apple Maps is apparently listing the town of Mildura some 70KM away from where it actually is, and the app is sending people to the middle of the Murray Sunset National Park instead, you can see the statement from the Australian Police below.
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.
Tests on the mapping system by police confirm the mapping systems lists Mildura in the middle of the Murray Sunset National Park, approximately 70km away from the actual location of Mildura.
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.
It will be interesting to see what Apple’s response to this is, Apple’s CEO Tim Cook previously apologized for the app and said that Apple were working hard to address the issue.