Police officers in Victoria, Australia issued a warning to motorists last Monday. According to the officials, directions from Apple’s iOS 6 Maps have recently caused a number of tourists to become stranded in a remote national park.
Potentially Life Threatening Issues Due to iOS 6 Maps
Based on a police bulletin, a number of rescue operations were carried out for the past few weeks. That’s because a number of motorists on their way to Mildura city were stranded in the Murray-Sunset National Park. In addition, the motorists cited faulty directions from iOS 6 Maps.
Because of the bad network coverage in the area, travelers walked long distances without food or water to call the police. Moreover, rescue operations usually take 24 hours to complete. Although no fatalities were reported, police are concerned that the remote national park’s lack of water and harsh temperature could pose life threatening issues to travelers.
Apple’s map services enable users to access data even offline, which explains how those who were loss were still able to use the application. But it appears that the problem lie in iOS Maps’ location data for Mildura and not the navigation itself. As posted on the Victoria police’s briefing:
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.
Maps of iOS 6: Under Fire of Criticism
After it was launched in September, Apple’s iOS Maps went under fire of criticism due to its incorrect data, lack of features, and poor initial implementation of 3D Flyover. In response to this, CEO Tim Cook issued a letter of public apology.
By moving from Google Maps, it is said that the Cupertino-based company waived one year of its Google Maps contract. As a result, they no longer have access to the search engine giant’s features, data and imagery. In relation to this, it was reported that the company’s Senior Vice President of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue is “racing” to improve the application.
On the other hand, it was reported that Apple has updated iOS Maps with correct data for Mildura, Australia. The changes were pushed out just hours after the report gained traction online. However, AppleInsider reported that the update may not be available for all users, as they recent check still shows Mildura still in an incorrect location.