Apple Map App leading Aussies astray – Police issue warning


Apple created a storm back In September this year when it decided to dump Google Maps from iOS 6,  forcing users to switch to Apple’s own map app, which many discovered to be inaccurate and thoroughly underwhelming when compared to Google’s offering.

Now, a series of incidents in Australia involving Apple’s Map App and lost travelers has prompted an official warning from the Victorian Police. The problem came under notice when motorists who were navigating their way to Mildura, an inland Victorian town, were directed by Apple Maps to a national park instead, some 43 miles from the intended destination.

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.

According to the Police report; some of the motorists located by police have been stranded for up to 24 hours without food or water and have walked long distances through dangerous terrain to get phone reception.

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.

So, have the Police maybe exaggerated the situation slightly? I don’t think so; where people’s safety is concerned, the Police must err on the side of caution. Here is a little local perspective:

  • Australia is a large continent with a comparatively small population, including vast areas of nothingness.
  • There is little, or no, cellphone reception in the Aussie ‘outback’.
  • 46 degrees Celsius relates to around 115 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Nobody, absolutely nobody should ever travel inland Australia without a goodly supply of water.

It is a serious situation but also one in which many are bound to find some humor. The following comment was submitted in response to this story published on another site:

It was very inconsiderate of the Australians to put their city in the wrong place. Let’s be honest; Apple’s not to blame here. The problem is that the Australians built their city in the wrong place. Had they waited for iOS 6 to come out, they could have built it in the correct location, but they went ahead and just guessed at where they were supposed to build it. So when you get right down to it, it’s the Australians’ fault, not Apple’s.

LOL. I just love that tongue-in-cheek humor.


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Jim is the resident freeware aficionado at DCT. A computer veteran with 30+ years experience who first started writing about computers and tech back in the days when freeware was actually free. His first computer was a TRS-80 in the 1980s, he progressed through the Commodore series of computers before moving to PCs in the 1990s. Now retired (aka an old geezer), Jim retains his passion for all things tech and still enjoys building and repairing computers for a select clientele... as well as writing for DCT, of course.