Police warn against using 'dangerous' Apple Maps

Police warn against using 'dangerous' Apple MapsWe've all seen the bizarro screenshots showing in grim detail just how flawed Apple's first stab at mapping really is, but while those invariably raise a chuckle, flawed navigation data can be far more serious.

That's just what six separate motorists Down Under discovered when Apple Maps incorrectly located the town of Mildura in a National Park over 40 miles away.

Australian police have recommended that motorists steer clear of the iOS 6 mapping solution, saying the potential for being directed miles out of the way into the middle of nowhere was a disaster waiting to happen during the hot summer months.

“It’s quite a dangerous situation,” said Victoria police inspector Simon Clemence. “If it was a 45-degree day, someone could actually die.”

The rollout of Apple Maps as the default iOS mapping solution is the one serious stain blotting Apple's record for 2012, with the company seemingly more concerned with shutting out Google Maps from its OS than delivering a quality product in its place.

Considering the kind of resources Apple has at its disposal, it'll no doubt catch up quickly, but that won't be much consolation to anyone caught out in the meantime.

The bigger problem, Clemence says, is that we've become far too reliant on navigation software in the first place, often at the expense of common sense.

“I’m sure they were getting a bit suspicious and wary by the time they realised that perhaps something was wrong, but a lot of people put too much faith in sat navs” he said.

Via Slashgear

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Pondlife  Dec. 10, 2012 at 12:44

Was thinking well that's not very applicable to here, not likely we'll get too many 45 degree days any time soon, but if thinking that freezing weather could be just as dangerous to get lost in I guess.
He did technically only say not to use the iphone for a journey to that specific location, though i suspect that might be corrected promptly after reaching the tech blogs.

JanSt / MOD  Dec. 10, 2012 at 16:01

Sorry... I'm not defending Apple's maps, but hey: if you are in alien territory, bring PROPER maps. If you can be misdirected by 50 miles because of some gadget glitch, it means you don't know the place....AT ALL, right. How would they have fared if there hadn't been any mobile coverage? Sorry: idiots. God bless Apple for teaching you a lesson. Move on. Or rather: stay at home. Look at an atlas while watching the discovery channel. Ask mom to fix you some warm cocoa. Merry Christmas. Stay safe.

jaybear88  Dec. 10, 2012 at 19:30

Don't know if you're being fair to the motorists there Jan. I get the impression that the majority of people turn to digital maps now, rather than paper. I've been on a couple of 400+ mile drives in the past year or so and I just pre-planned the route on google maps (printed it but it's still gmaps) and then used my phone to get me there. I also don't know of any delivery drivers that still use paper maps as their primary either.

Pondlife  Dec. 10, 2012 at 19:36

Yeah come to think on it mostly used nokia maps in south africa without much problems. Dirt track roads down to the beach notwithstanding.

But then given the amount of times I get asked where places are by delivery drivers perhaps they should use paper maps...

JanSt / MOD  Dec. 10, 2012 at 20:24

okay, okay... you win :p

Still... personally I have little sympathy.
I'm not talking about Mr UPS missing the Tesco ramp.
You are travelling through dangerous territory, don't relay on a gadget with well-documented 'issues'. Maybe it's my age talking, but that is how I 'feel'.

Pondlife  Dec. 10, 2012 at 20:45

The delivery drivers I get asking are normally about 5 miles out of their way, far enough that you can tell they've stopped listening to the directions before the end anyway.

As you've pointed out many ios users blindly updated to ios6 maybe they didn't even know the maps had issues well known to the gadget obsessed.

JanSt / MOD  Dec. 10, 2012 at 20:55

Pondlife, point taken.
But if they took of not realising that their maps app is now quite different, that kinda makes my point?!
Blind unthinking reliance. It's like those urban myth folks who try and dry their wet pooch in the microwave.

Pondlife  Dec. 10, 2012 at 21:35

Well who'd expect apple to downgrade their maps so badly. If you get used to trusting it, it's like the AtoZ people expect it to be right, if suddenly they released one with a town in the wrong place...
Next doors kids put a cat in the washing machine to clean it...

JanSt / MOD  Dec. 10, 2012 at 21:54

Bad kids :(
Yeah, well... any blizzard and idiots die cause they drive to get a pint of milk wearing nothing but a nightie and slippers...

Pondlife  Dec. 10, 2012 at 21:59

Wasn't malicious but still rather final.

Not enough of them to greatly improve the population though...

JanSt / MOD  Dec. 10, 2012 at 22:01

True :p


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