Australian police issue warning regarding Apple Maps

By , Dec 10, 2012

Apple’s Maps application has had nothing but problems since it was released to the public back in September. Users have complained that the company’s in-house replacement for Google Maps has inaccurate location data and other bugs.

But if you thought Maps was bad before, wait until you hear this. Police in Victoria, Australia issued a warning this weekend regarding the mapping software after several travelers became lost and stranded due to receiving poor directions…

MacRumors points to the warning on the Victoria Police Department’s website:

“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.

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.”

The problem is, Apple Maps shows the city of Mildura somewhere in the middle of Murray Sunset National Park, which is about 43 miles south of the actual location. So these motorists are getting lost in this Park with poor cellphone reception.

In late September, condemnation for Apple’s mapping software became so loud that Tim Cook actually felt the need to release a public apology. And the situation is believed to have been a major factor in the October ousting of Scott Forstall.

To be fair, until today, the criticism had quieted down over the past few weeks, as Apple has worked to improve its Maps. During his TV interview last week, Cook said that he was “putting the weight of the company behind correcting” the service.

Still, Police in Victoria have contacted Apple about the Mildura inaccuracy, and they are advising travelers to use an alternative mapping solution until it’s fixed.

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  • https://twitter.com/MrElectrifyer MrElectrifyer

    BahahHahahaha, poor iSheeps, hope you’ll all start thinking for yourself again; your herd master, Crapple, has become just another average company who cares for nothing but money.

    Hope you’re reading this article Crapple; your greed is busy digging your grave and SJ can’t save you this time.

    Forever rocking iOS 5.1.1 on my freed iPhone

    • Ignacio Irigoyen

      Your comment is bad, and you should feel bad….

      • charlie

        bad??what do you mean bad??do you read what local police said??oooww sorry, apple fanboy cannot read if crapple make a big mistake, they’re all blind

    • JIM

      I agree with you 100%

      – iPhone 4 GSM antenna issues

      – iPhone 4S invalid SIM/no SIM and a whole bunch of other network related issues

      – iPhone 5 WiFi issues

      – iOS 6 the “wonderful” apple map

      – and more…

      Baaahh :)

      • http://twitter.com/Napaceni H&M

        I had all these three phone that you mentioned and yet I never had these problems such as the GSM antenna issue on iP4, the invalid SIM/no SIM on the iP4S or the wifi issues on iP5. Except of course the maps issues.. that’s why I use Android now.. Galaxy S3 :)

      • charlie

        good choice man…fuckn tim cook arrogant

      • http://www.facebook.com/liamsagooch Liam Googolplex Merlyn

        if you hate Apple and it’s products, why are you on a site that specialises in all things Apple? God damned retard

      • charlie

        cause i am disappointed bought crapple iphone

      • http://twitter.com/Chindavon Chindavon

        Then return it dumbass. You get 14 days. LMFAO

      • charlie

        easy for you to say, in my country we cannot return it.

      • http://twitter.com/jrgibson1 Jayar

        In your country they don’t learn English either.

      • http://twitter.com/xdracco Juan

        it’s called being fair and balanced. now shaddup and go back to watching FOX News.

      • charlie

        crapple should learn from the master green robots

      • http://www.facebook.com/xxLIUZHENYUxx Liu Zhenyu

        I smell an Android fanboy dog.

      • charlie

        hmm a dog can bite crapple lies

      • charlie

        +1

      • http://twitter.com/jrgibson1 Jayar

        ^^ The most sense you have made all day AND it’s in a proper sentence too. Congratulations.

      • http://www.facebook.com/xxLIUZHENYUxx Liu Zhenyu

        I am a fucking Singaporean, and we don’t take sides like tards before observing the tech world closely. I hope you are not stubborn or ignorant like ‘charlie’. Who talks about masturbation in a news blog.

      • http://twitter.com/jrgibson1 Jayar

        What does being Singaporean have to do with the price of Frankfurt’s in Germany? Nothing.

        Stick to the topic buddy.

      • http://www.facebook.com/xxLIUZHENYUxx Liu Zhenyu

        His comment was deleted, was slightly racist.

      • http://twitter.com/jrgibson1 Jayar

        Sadly, you don’t just smell charlie…that’s all this person does.
        Troll with their blind love for Android while providing no real facts why Android is better…not to mention how terrible their English skills are.

        Perhaps they should invent an App and put it on the Marketplace, something that shows you how to be good at English….or don’t the master green robots want you to construct proper sentences?

      • http://www.facebook.com/joe.jonsen Joe Jonsen

        iOS is so simple and boring and still it seems like apple does not spend much time testing it

    • http://www.facebook.com/joe.jonsen Joe Jonsen

      yeah well apple rushed maps out the door and now they are paying for it.

    • http://twitter.com/Chindavon Chindavon

      Oh and Samsung and Google have no interest in money right? Trolls are quite the comedians around here.

      • https://twitter.com/MrElectrifyer MrElectrifyer

        Those two have always been just throwing stuff out there for money like every average company.

        What’s new, incase you’re still blinded by your iTardness, is that Crapple has become just like them, b4 Crapple was about customer satisfaction (with SJ as CEO), now they are all about money, like every average business out there.

      • charlie

        how SJ react for crapple map if he still in here?

      • http://twitter.com/jrgibson1 Jayar

        ^^ What? Talk English, it would help you LOOK smarter…even if you’re not.

  • Greyhound Mom

    Just use the free mapquest app. IT WORKS!

    • charlie

      hahaha freemaps??what happen with apple map??is it good??hahaha you tell me

      • http://twitter.com/jrgibson1 Jayar

        English?

    • http://www.facebook.com/joe.jonsen Joe Jonsen

      no use tomtom its great… $75..lol

  • Stormy08

    I just doublechecked with Apple Map and the location of Mildura is indeed incorrect (been there a few times myself). Google is spot on of course.

    • http://www.facebook.com/joe.jonsen Joe Jonsen

      im starting to wonder why apple doesn’t just check their app against google maps to endure that it is right??? I means someone could easy write a program to check all point and compare them to google maps

      • charlie

        cause crapple engineer to shy, simple as that

      • abujafer

        Because that would be copying. Bing has a similar program that checks its results against Google, and look at all the hate it got for that move. From Bing’s point of view (or in this case Apple), it’s taking all the good things about Google and adding its own stuff, which means it HAS to be better. But from a consumer’s point of view, copying those “good things” is wrong, because those “good things” are what keeps Google in business.

        tl;dr While copying Google would be great, they’d have to use a license to be able to cash off of Google’s intellectual property. Or else Google could sue.

  • ExRoot

    Humm…..How long before they sue? Bet this starts a flood of reports. Yep….my Jailbroken 4s will be with me for a good long while.

    • charlie

      let’s sue crapple

      • http://twitter.com/jrgibson1 Jayar

        Why would you sue Apple?
        You don’t even use an iOS device.

    • http://www.facebook.com/joe.jonsen Joe Jonsen

      i have a 5 …..but my JBed 4S is still my every day phone..

  • http://twitter.com/oneBurge Burge

    I’am sorry but why the fuck are people using phones that are going to get poor signal because there in the middle of know where as a satnav …. You loose signal you got no satnav ..

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1100358050 Walcy Carroll

      i couldn’t agree more, pay for an app that stores the data locally on your phone, its well worth it in the long run.. its sucks traveling and losing signal or recalculating because the network sucks.

    • SimonReidy

      Mildura’s hardly in the middle of nowhere. It’s a reasonably sized town and a frequent tourist destination. There’s also good phone reception there. The problem is that tourists using iPhones to navigate there are getting sent in completely the wrong direction into a national park which is when their phone signal will start to drop out and they are unprepared for the very harsh conditions. It doesn’t take long for a city to become the outback in many places here.

      Maps are just a joke in Australia. I live in Hobart, and there are major landmarks missing that have been here for 20 years (like a massive casino) and half the city’s coastline is incorrect, with major sections appearing underwater. All other maps services I have tried have it right, so Apple have no excuses.

      I know Maps will get better, but its still poor form for a company like Apple to have messed up this hard. I just want to be able to use Siri for directions and know I can rely on GPS to get me there.

      In the meantime I can’t wait for Google Maps to be released in the App Store.

      • http://twitter.com/oneBurge Burge

        Ok you get good signal there but in the middle of a park your signal drops and you get no satnav.. So why carry on driving don’t you think you should turn around and get a signal back and then plan the route knowing that the signal is going to go…

      • charlie

        apple fanboy behavior, stand with crapple maps that can kill you

      • http://www.facebook.com/xxLIUZHENYUxx Liu Zhenyu

        Immature behavior, unoriginal comment and ridiculous hyperbole.

      • charlie

        hmm hyperbole?i had a crapple product, and i must say green robots is the best

      • http://twitter.com/oneBurge Burge

        At what point was I defending apple … Or at what point does this make me a fanboy.. I’am not defending apple maps at all…it’s shit..at the moment

      • charlie

        $948 for this crapple shit?cmon man wifi problem scracth problem maps problem etc, fuck off

      • http://twitter.com/jrgibson1 Jayar

        Fucking learn to speak English you dumb arsed gook….

      • http://twitter.com/jrgibson1 Jayar

        How can it kill you?
        Actually stop posting shit for once and actually cough up some facts…

      • charlie

        the problem is crapple to shy to admit that gmaps better than apple maps, so change to android

      • Altaykai Yamada

        All the iFucks know that Gmaps kick ass. They just cannot handle the truth bro.

      • charlie

        we are android user is fair, we tried crapple iphone too, not like apple fanboy only big mouth said android bla…bla…bla but never tested it

      • http://twitter.com/jrgibson1 Jayar

        Do you want to learn English…if you can’t be bothered to at least learn the language PROPERLY, perhaps you should try and find an App in the Marketplace that will help you look less like a trolling cock and more like an intelligent human being.

      • http://twitter.com/jrgibson1 Jayar

        The problem is that you have trolling gooks that can’t form proper English sentences and have no idea what they are talking about.

    • charlie

      are you australian??hahaha

      • http://twitter.com/oneBurge Burge

        No…

      • charlie

        so don’t talk, just sleep like a baby

      • http://twitter.com/oneBurge Burge

        What the ? Are you on… I made a point and your reply is well…..
        pointless

      • charlie

        peace man…

      • http://twitter.com/jrgibson1 Jayar

        All this moron’s replies have been pointless.
        They are the pointless, non-English master.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1100358050 Walcy Carroll

    i am all for free apps, but this is why i paid to install an navigation app that would download the data to my phone, so it’s not heavily relying on cell reception to navigate. I have used several but for a few years the tom tom app, yeah it cost, and it put lil over 1gb of maps on your phone, but it gets the job done even with no cell reception.

    • charlie

      use android man, you never get lost

      • Altaykai Yamada

        Well said.

    • http://www.facebook.com/joe.jonsen Joe Jonsen

      tomtom is the best …apple should have bout that company a loooooong time ago

      • charlie

        tomtom only good in europe…i think gmaps and garmin better

      • No Whammy

        Tom Tom is one of the data providers in Apple’s maps app.

      • charlie

        that’s why people get lost using tomtom data, learn from the master gmaps

      • http://twitter.com/Kevinfest Kevin

        TomTom is the one providing the inaccurate data you fool!

  • charlie

    ohhh man….scary…android never had this problem,they said(apple) map better than google???think twice,apple map can kill you…please..learn from google not tomtom…hahahaha

  • charlie

    yea haha crapple sucks so fucking bad lol, all those retarded fanboys like to troll, but nevermind,i will go masturbate now.later my boyfriend will come over. can’t wait!!!

    • charlie

      nice…but which the original one??you or me?nevermind , let’s face crapple fanboy

    • Altaykai Yamada

      Haahah I fucking love your humor my fellow Android Brother :D

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.jonsen Joe Jonsen

    this is sad as hell

    • charlie

      you used iphone too?yes this is very sad as hell

  • M L

    Some posters are WAY more annoying then wrong map directions!

    • amalayer11

      wrong map directions is not annoying, it’s dangerous. stupid fantard.

      • http://twitter.com/jrgibson1 Jayar

        Australian police: flawed Google Maps putting people’s lives at risk, too

        Stupid moron.

      • Ben

        Fantard? Really -_-

  • abujafer

    Man, these comments have turned into a biting ground for which Android fan can come up with the best way to turn the word ‘Apple’ into some one-worded insult. We’ve heard it all before, insulting others is absolutely pointless and gives Android fans everywhere a bad name.

  • Blake

    Thats crazy. Ive never had an issue. I live in saint louis and even when I go to rural areas it gets it right!

  • Blake

    For having one year to make the maps they are superb. Give apple half as long as google and they will be bad ass.

  • http://www.facebook.com/razick.rilshad Razick Rilshad

    They will fix soon this problem

  • David Canfield

    look it is crapples fault i recon even fricken nokia dose a better map oh wat they have been doing it for quite some time and why didnt they bjust bak track or use a paer maps

  • http://twitter.com/SubPrimeTime Javier Lopez

    I’ve never read so many ignorant, racist, and pitiful comments in my life. Yes, we know apple maps suck in certain areas. No need to insult people.