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As if there weren't enough problems with Apple Maps, Australian police now say that the universally panned app places the remote town of Mildura so far from its correct location that it could result in tourists actually dying if they get stranded.

Victoria Police say that in the past two months they have rescued six people who were lost in the Murray Sunset National Park while trying to get to Mildura - more than 70 kilometres away.

Inspector Simon Clemence says he is concerned people using the Apple Maps app could find themselves in trouble.

"If it was a 45-degree day, someone could actually die," he said.

"It's quite a dangerous situation, so we would be calling for people not to use the new Apple iPhone mapping system if they're travelling from South Australia to Mildura."

To put this in perspective--45 degrees Celsius is 113 degrees Fahrenheit.  According to an alert by Victoria Police, the park has no water supply of its own and cell phone reception is spotty at best, forcing stranded tourists to walk long distances so they can call for help.

Wired reports that Apple seems to have issued an update that sends you to the right location.

Apple Maps has been deservedly panned.  But this is the first time on record that it's actually put people in real danger.  No word yet on whether similar incidents have happened in the States.  Still, this should be a sign to Apple that it needs to tear Maps up and start over again.  Or at the very least go back to the Google-powered version.

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  •  I've been waiting for the standalone Google Maps (1+ / 0-)
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    NoMoJoe

    app before upgrading to iOS 6. Hopefully these incidents will increase the likelihood of its approval...

    “In the beginning there was nothing, which exploded.” Terry Pratchett

    by 420 forever on Mon Dec 10, 2012 at 02:37:08 PM PST

  •  Let's take a look (4+ / 0-)

    Since the beginning of e-maps (or any product even as simple as a pencil), we all should "Buyer beware" or "User beware."

    Roads may be closed for any number of reasons:  snow, flooding, smoke, fog and in a sense, temperature.

    --------  Now to the phrases  "This is the first time on record" and "this should be a sign to Apple that it needs to tear up Maps."

    If this is the first time (and presumably one of a small number of bad problems -- emphasis SMALL), then wholesale destruction of Maps would be overkill.

    ------- Now to the specific problem of Maps and Australia

    Databases are data.    A good map database means -- delete bad data and input better data.   Large sets of data are initially compiled with ---> guess what -- software.    From there, tweaks are made by hand (human beings).    By all reports, Apple is in fact working on the Maps issues, be they in the news or not.

    For travelers, to sum up -- before you leave home, be ready for emergencies and know where you are going.  

  •  The police could put a sign on the road... (3+ / 0-)

    that says "Wrong Way to Mildura".

    Too complicated?

  •  I was telling my B-I-L the other day, paper maps (1+ / 0-)
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    are obsolete.  Maybe this is a good example of why they aren't.  I have a nav system in my car and whenever I drive near Google (in Silly Valley), it gets all weird.  Not sure if that is telling me something or not.  It isn't a Google Map product.  

    "War is Peace, Freedom is Slavery, Ignorance is Strength", George Orwell, "1984" -7.63 -5.95

    by dangoch on Mon Dec 10, 2012 at 06:40:51 PM PST

    •  Either paper or digital (1+ / 0-)
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      neither is going to tell you the road conditions.

      Both will seem to show the best route is through impassable snow in the middle of winter.

      I have to say the best guide I ever got for a long journey is AAA's TripTik

  •  I'm not too worried about getting killed, but I (0+ / 0-)

    still wish that I didn't have the new Maps.  Like an idiot, I updated the software on my phone - without realizing it would give me the CrapMaps.  (I guess I thought it was only an iPhone 5 thing.)  The old maps were one of my favorite things about the phone - the traffic maps saved me so much time by steering me clear of trouble, and the new traffic is nowhere near as good.

    I know, first world problem.  But still, when there's something that's working well, why fuck with it?

  •  The executive in charge of Apple Maps was fired (0+ / 0-)

    …justifiably.

    I was thinking about the Apple maps fiasco a few days ago and I remembered a book called “The Mythical Man-Month” that argued that throwing more programmers at a problem will not necessarily speed up the process. In fact, it’s likely to making it slip even more. One of his points was if you have two programmers on a project, there’s one channel of communication. If you have 50 programmers, there are something like 1200 channels of communication. So a software project that takes one person 50 days to complete cannot be speeded up by hiring 50 people to finish it in one day.

    I suspect that Apple didn’t want to pay Google Maps or MapQuest (or whoever) to license their technology. So they started their own map project. And when it fell behind schedule, they threw more people at it. Then, when the new hardware was ready to ship, they just took what they had and said, “That’s good enough. Let's ship it. We’ll fix it later.”

    “If you misspell some words, it’s not plagiarism.” – Some Writer

    by Dbug on Mon Dec 10, 2012 at 08:42:51 PM PST

  •  What a pile of... (1+ / 0-)
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    debedb

    What is this post supposed to do? Tell me not to use Apple maps? Christ - that info has been out for weeks. There have been numerous articles and TV news reports about this.
    It's not like your brakes are failing - or your pacemaker short circuits.
    And it's not even about an actual event. It's what maybe...somewhere...in the middle of Western Australia... you could possibly happen if you wander into the Outback, run out of gas and die of - something. Maybe a kangaroo would kick you to death.

    If ya just hate Apple - then post a diary that repeats over and over - "I HATE APPLE".
    It has just as much empirical weight.

  •  try again (0+ / 0-)
    But this is the first time on record that it's actually put people in real danger.  No word yet on whether similar incidents have happened in the States.  Still, this should be a sign to Apple that it needs to tear Maps up and start over again.  Or at the very least go back to the Google-powered version
    And what would happen if Google had a glitch? You'd fault Google?

    At some point, a Darwin award is a Darwin award.

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