Six different motorists in the past two months have gotten lost in a national park because of Apple's Maps -- forcing Mildura, Australia police urging motorists to be careful when relying on the mapping system on the Apple's iOS 6 Maps app system.
David Zacher is in the desert, 70kmfrom Mildura. Picture: Glenn Milne
In a press release, the Australian police stated that tests on the mapping system confirmed that it shows the city of Mildura as being in the middle of Murray Sunset National Park, when in fact it is located about 70 kilometers away.
The statement from Victoria Police said this is a "potentially life threatening situation" because there is no water supply within the park and temperatures can reach 46 degrees Celsius.
"Police are extremely concerned as there is no water supply within the Park and temperatures can reach as high as 46 degrees[115F(!!)], making this a potentially life threatening issue," the Australia police posted.
Since, the official release of Apple Map app, the company lashed out by the users for it inaccurate/incomplete data --prompting, Apple CEO Tim Cook apologizing for Apple's Maps in September, recommending competitors' products and sacking some key executives involved with the maps debacle including iOS chief Scott Forstall.
Inspector Simon Clemence said it took one man 24-hours to make contact with the outside world after following the application's directions.
"One guy got far enough in to lose phone coverage and he was stuck there and he got bogged and he had to walk out and it took him 24-hours to get to a point where he had phone coverage and then we came and rescued him," he said. "This is a direct result of this map application."
Police have confirmed five vehicles have become stranded in the park, with many more people presumed to have become lost but found there way back to civilisation.
"We know there are others because we set up a breath testing station on the road there recently and we had a woman who said every left hand turn up the Mallee Highway her application was trying to send her straight into the dirt," Insp Clemence said. "This is just the tip of the iceberg."
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," the police added.