Apple’s Maps app has received a fair amount of flack over its gross inaccuracies, which has resulted not only in numerous complaints, but has turned into something of a punch line. Now it seems that Apple’s Maps software has become so inaccurate to the point where Australian police had to issue a warning not to use the maps with regards to public safety. It seems that people who are attempting to navigate their way to Mildura city (purple pin), have found themselves lost and driving on the way to the middle of the Murray-Sunset National Park, a good 70km off the city’s actual location!

Local Police have been called to assist distressed motorists who have become stranded within the Murray-Sunset National Park after following directions on their Apple i-phone.

Tests on the mapping system by police confirm the mapping systems lists Mildura in the middle of the Murray Sunset National Park, approximately 70km away from the actual location of 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.

Apple is currently working as fast as they can to fix its Maps software, but as it has been pointed out, a lot of its corrections and data is crowd sourced, so we guess a lot of work still needs to be done on the Australian front.

Filed in Apple >Cellphones. Read more about Maps.

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