Warning!! Apple Maps will KILL YOU DEAD. (Update: So will Google Maps)
"Due to wrong data on iPhone mapping service many motorists faced life-threatening situations in recent days. According to statements from Australian police the new upgrade of Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s smartphone software iOS 6 holds false data in its mapping service that is putting its users in severely dangerous circumstances. Police executed the warning exercise after it was informed that the mapping service in iPhone shows Mildura in the middle of the Murray Sunset National Park that has also cost its users their valuable time to get back to their destinations." Read the full story here
Of course, if you ignored the 5 foot long reflective green sign that said to follow the Tarmac to Mildura and turned off onto a rutted dirt track leading into the desert and just kept on driving, chances are you're not long for this world anyway.
Also, everything about it is quite funny.
But seriously, Apple deserve some flack for Maps. Although it works better in my end of the world than the old Google-powered maps, it clearly has issues, and they need to get them fixed yesterday.
Apple fixed the location of Mildura after a couple of days. They failed to fix Goulbourn, across the border in New Suth Wales, which is likewise incorrectly pinned in a bit of bush far away from the town or any number of similar issues.
Now police in Colac, west of Melbourne, say faults with Google maps are putting people's lives at risk along the Great Ocean Road and in the southern Otways. Sergeant Nick Buenen says trucks, buses and tourists are being directed down Wild Dog Road, which is a one-way track, not built for heavy traffic. He says VicRoads has denied responsibility and Google Maps has not responded. "My issue is it's a significant safety issue for tourists [and] locals, who are getting the wrong information from their GPSs," he said. "My concern is that one day we're going to be at the coroners court [being asked] well what did you do about it. "We're trying to do something about it, but if a 22-seater bus rolls off Wild Dog Road today, [there wouldn't be] the multi-agency response to this issue that I would like."
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