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Apple Maps is a little confused about where Mildura is

Australian police are warning citizens and tourists not to use Apple Maps in iOS 6 when traveling through the dangerous terrain of Mildura.

Police from the city of Mildura, which is a regional city in northwestern Victoria, Australia, are concerned that Apple's new homemade mapping service in iOS 6 is taking people to inaccurate (and dangerous) areas -- where they've become stranded.

The problem is that Apple Maps places Mildura in the middle of the Murray Sunset National Park, but in reality, Mildura is about 43 miles (or 70 km) from that location.

Not only is this a lengthy inconvenience, it's also a danger to the lives of motorists who were duped by Apple Maps. The area in Murray Sunset National Park, which it claims is Mildura, is a very hot and dry area that can reach temperatures of nearly 115 degrees Fahrenheit (or 46 degrees Celsius).

Mildura Police have already found stranded motorists who were lost out in the Murray Sunset National Park without food and water for as long as 24 hours.

Mildura Police have contacted Apple to fix the issue.

Earlier this year, Apple ditched Google Maps as its main iOS maps app in favor of its own in-house maps service. Apple Maps debuted with the iOS 6 launch, but the application failed miserably when it came to navigation and geography. It displayed locations that didn't exist, represented existing locations in an unrecognizable way or gave false directions.

This forced Apple CEO Tim Cook to have to apologize to customers for the company’s poor job on the new app.
Shortly after, Apple Vice President of iOS Software Scott Forstall was booted from the company. He oversaw much of the mapping development, and aside from that, failed to get along with other company executives and employees.

Richard Williamson, manager of the Apple mapping team, was fired as well for the horrible job on Apple's new maps service.

Source: Victoria Police News

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GPS, eh?
By Argon18 on 12/10/2012 3:47:49 PM , Rating: -1
What a non-article this is. GPS maps aren't perfect. They never will be. They're meant as a driver aid. Not a driver substitute. Jokes about driving into the ocean are as old as GPS technology itself. Get your face out of the gadgets and keep your eyes on the road. I'm shocked at the number of people who would seemingly drive off a cliff if their GPS told them to do so.

RE: GPS, eh?
By Stuka on 12/10/2012 5:05:08 PM , Rating: 4
Umm... the town is 43 MILES AWAY FROM WHERE IT SAYS IT IS!!! This is not a minor GPS inaccuracy this is an outright programming error on Apple's part. A street that's a highway? Fine. An alley that's a canal? OK. A town that is a desert? Not acceptable.

RE: GPS, eh?
By tecknurd on 12/11/2012 5:51:40 PM , Rating: 2
GPS is only accurate if the GPS device, in this case an iPhone, has an accurate clock that is sync with out a varied in time. In the past iPhones have an issue with its clock, so GPS on an iPhone will be not accurate. Do a test with your iPhone by putting it in Airplane or Flight mode for a week to find out if it can keep clock sync. If it lags or adds a few seconds, it is not a good device for GPS.

I prefer to look at a map before driving or going to a new place that I am not familiar. If you just wing it, of course you will get lost in some goonies land.

Hey, idiot, welcome to the village.

RE: GPS, eh?
By Techy Joe on 12/11/2012 4:18:35 PM , Rating: 1
I used to despise just Apple....

The more I hear about idiot Iphone owners defending this ridiculous software, the more I despise apple owners as well.

RE: GPS, eh?
By tecknurd on 12/11/2012 5:23:42 PM , Rating: 2
I agree with Argon18. GPS are always not accurate. It gives the ideal location. It can be 100 miles from where you should be or where you are at. Everybody is best off looking at a map before driving and figuring other routes if the primary routes are blocked or missed. Also it is best to have a person in the passager seat following where you are driving. Nothing beats the old ways of navigation.

BTW, down grading someones post that is true and common sense really shows how immature you are. I up the vote because is should be read.

RE: GPS, eh?
By Cheesew1z69 on 12/12/2012 10:51:35 AM , Rating: 2
There is obviously an ISSUE if your GPS is putting you at 100 miles off....

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