Australian police have advised motorists to rely more on common sense and less on technology, following the increasing number of stranded motorists in need of rescue. According to the Victoria Police force, many motorists found themselves stranded in the middle of Murray-Sunset National Park instead of Mildura itself, located more than 70 kilometers away, after following directions on their iPhones. With temperatures soaring as high as 46 degrees Celsius, police are concerned that lives may be at risk.
Here's a snippet of the statement posted on Victoria Police's news site.
"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. Police have contacted Apple in relation to the issue and hope the matter is rectified promptly to ensure the safety of motorists travelling to Mildura. Anyone travelling to Mildura or other locations within Victoria should rely on other forms of mapping until this matter is rectified."
Apple dropped Google Maps in favor of its own mapping technology when it unveiled the iOS 6 operating system in September for mobile devices like the iPhone and the iPad. Unfortunately, Cupertino's maps were plagued with bugs and flaws since their release. And it's no surprise they've earned their share of unflattering reviews and harsh criticisms since their inception. Landmarks were misplaced, or failed to show up entirely. In the case of Mildura, the town was plotted kilometers away from its actual location.
Source: The Telegraph