Australian Police Warn, ‘Please Don’t Use Apple Maps App’

If you’ve used Apple’s Maps App since iOs 6.0, you may have noticed that the mapping service is less than perfect. Sometimes, you’ll be directed the wrong way. Other times, the app won’t be able to find the location you are searching for. It is not a complete failure, but Apple has officially apologized for the app and has even gone so far as to suggest other map apps you might find more useful in the App Store.

Australians are having a tougher time with Apple’s Maps app. According to CNet, police have had to rescue six motorists who ended up stranded in the Murray-Sunset National Park after following directions from the iOS 6 Maps app.

In an official statement released by Victoria, Australia Police force, Mildura police are “urging motorists to be careful when relying on the mapping system” on iPhones and iPads running iOS 6.

Police tested the Maps app and found that it lists Mildura as being right in the middle of the Murray Sunset National park. This route sends travelers approximately 432 miles from their destination, to a place where there is no water supply and temperatures reach as high as 115 degrees Fahrenheit. According to the police statement, some motorists have been stranded for up to 24 hours without food or water and have ended up walking very long distances through dangerous terrain in order to get cell phone reception.

Australian police have contacted Apple about this issue in an effort to get the corrections made before tragedy strikes. In the mean time, police are urging that, “Anyone traveling to Mildura or other locations within Victoria should rely on other forms of mapping until this matter is rectified.”

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