Apple Corrects Maps Inaccuracy After Motorists Get Stranded in Australia

Apple Corrects Maps Inaccuracy After Motorists Get Stranded in Australia

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Apple has fixed an inaccuracy with Maps that stranded motorists in the middle of Murray-Sunset National Park, Australia, reports The Register.

Australian police issued a warning yesterday after rescuing motorists who had tried to follow Apple Maps directions to Mildura.

Police are extremely concerned as there is no water supply within the Park and temperatures can reach as high as 46 degrees, making this a potentially life threatening issue. 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.

Notably, it appears that the cause of the inaccuracy may have originated from the Australian Gazetteer.

In this case, the Australian Gazetteer – the authoritative list of 300,000-plus placenames, complete with coordinates – includes two Milduras. One is the “real” town, the other is an entry for “Mildura Rural City”, coordinates -34.79724 141.76108. It’s this second entry that points to the middle of the Murray-Sunset National Park, just near a spot called Rocket Lake.

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Apple Corrects Maps Inaccuracy After Motorists Get Stranded in Australia
SexyGeek - December 13, 2012 at 12:18am
And this is why I am not updating to iOS 6. Still prefer (jailbroken) iOS over Android but Apple made a mistake when it replaced the Google Maps app with its inferior offering. Sure the fanboys make excuses but normal people see this for what it is: an epic screw up. I mean Tim Cook even apologized for this one, and getting Apple to own up to their mistakes and actually apologize to customers is almost unheard of. Nice move guys. Like gluing the battery into the new Retina MBP. :facepalm:
Russell - December 11, 2012 at 8:40pm
Do they even have cell service in Australia?
Jim - December 12, 2012 at 11:42am
Ok Russell I'll bite; Telstra, Optus, Vodafone... and GPS thingys orbiting :)
Russell - December 13, 2012 at 2:10am
Yes, Jim. You bite. Let me clarify my question: Do they even have FUNCTIONAL cell service in that craphole of a continent?
Russell - December 11, 2012 at 8:37pm
Ha Ha! Fuckin' Aussies!
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