People continue to find many, many flaws with Apple maps. (My personal experience on local roads has resulted in numerous errors.)
But Australian authorities this week issued the strongest statement yet, calling the use of Apple maps “potentially life-threatening”.
Apparently, the Apple mapping service shows a city in Australia as being in the middle of a large, remote, and semi-arrid national park (instead of where it actually is).
The police have reported that several people have had to be rescued from this park, a place with no water and temperatures reaching 114 F. Thinking they were navigating their way to the nearby city of Mildura, these people ended up stranded in the middle of the very remote Murray-Sunset National Park.
The Mildura police say that “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.”
I really don’t understand why Apple didn’t put Google maps back when they realized their major map mistake. This isn’t just sloppy design, this is, as the Australian police have stated, “potentially life-threatening.”
Make sure you double check your route with another service (google maps) before you head out on any long journey.
And let’s hope Santa isn’t depending on Apple maps this year.