Aussies fume as Apple Maps sends them to the outback

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Drivers looking for the town of Mildura are being sent to a desert where temperatures can be deadly

LAST UPDATED AT 16:00 ON Mon 10 Dec 2012

APPLE’S three-month-old Maps system is in the doghouse again. This time it is mistakenly sending Australian drivers and tourists into the middle of a dangerous desert where temperatures can reach 46 degrees.
 
Drivers trying to find their way to the sheep town of Mildura in northern Victoria are being sent to the middle of the Murray-Sunset National Park  - around 44 miles away - by the iO6 operating system on their iPhones and tablets, reports Smart Planet.
 
The park has no water supply and has recorded temperatures of 46C in December.
 
Police, who called the problem a "potentially life-threatening issue," said they have contacted Apple and are advising people to use alternatives until the program is fixed.
 
"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 said, adding that drivers should always have plenty of drinking water with them.
 
Inspector Simon Clemence says he is concerned people are relying too much on GPS devices.
 
"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.
 
Apple replaced Google maps with their own application in September to a storm of complaints – maps showed distorted bridges, shops on the wrong side of the road, streets that don’t exist and landmarks that appear to be floating in the ocean.
 
Apple has reiterated CEO Tim Cook's apology from 28 September in which he said the company was "extremely sorry" for getting Maps wrong. Cook said the application would improve with time as users reported problems – which they have in droves.
 
Technology magazine Stuff joked that instead of using Apple’s latest technology drivers should resort to the old-fashioned paper map: “no danger of losing reception on that.” · 

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