Apple Maps faces heat over flawed bushfires data

Macworld Australia Staff
14 February, 2013
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Apple has been blamed for ‘dangerous’ inaccuracies on the maps featured in the Victorian Country Fire Authority’s FireReady bushfire application.

According to a report by national newspaper The Age, the CFA’s bushfire information app for iPhone and iPad – which uses Apple Maps data – is displaying inaccurate locations for several Victorian townships, including Macedon.

“Users reports that towns are located on their maps at the centre of the district rather than on the actual township itself,” a CFA spokesman told The Age.

“CFA will continue to raise its concerns with Apple Australia, and so should users experiencing the issue,”

The CFA says it was told by Apple to report the issues via the company’s Maps application.

In the mean time, the Victorian organisation is advsing FireReady app users running iOS 6 on their iPhones and iPads to take note of streets names, warnings and incidents issued to their GPS location, and to ‘disregard’ Apple Maps township locations.

This is not the first time Apple’s Maps software has come under fire since its launch in September 2012, with several incidents in Australia raising concerns about the application.

In December Australian police cautioned motorists against using Apple’s Maps navigation software after drivers using the app were misled and left stranded in potentially fatal incidents.

With complaints about the software mounting, reports now claim Apple has hired 10 new engineers to improve the application.



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  1. Tiby says:

    Any business or department that uses a free mapping service for high risk applications like this will get what they pay for.

    The title should be: “CFA too cheap to develop accurate app for bush fires”.

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