Following a public warning issued by Victoria police, Apple has reportedly ‘half-fixed’ an error with its Maps iOS software, which has led to a string of near-fatal incidents leaving drivers stranded in the outback.
Police sounded the alert after it was discovered that the Maps app currently positions Mildura in the middle of Murray Sunset National Park, 70km from the correct 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 iPhone,” Victoria police said in a press release yeserday.
“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.”
Today, Mildura police inspector Simon Clemence told The Australian that it appeared Apple had made tweaks to its Maps app overnight, attempting to fix a glitch in the software that has led motorists travelling to Mildura astray, and into dangerous park land.
However, while the update seems to have corrected navigation for travellers coming from South Australia, Clemence revealed to the newspaper that the app was still displaying skewed locations when accessed from other regions.
“If you’re coming from Melbourne it still puts Mildura in the middle of the Murray Sunset National Park,” Clemence told The Australian.
“They have half-fixed the problem.
“So, it would appear that the only people that are going to get lost in the middle of the Murray Sunset National Park now are people from Melbourne. People from Adelaide will find their way to Mildura just fine!” Clemence added.
The Maps error has caused a number of dangerous situations for driver, including one man was stranded in the park for 24 hours, while another was misdirected into the area at 6pm on Friday, unable to get out until 5am the next day.
This is not the first incident of errors with the Maps since its launch alongside Apple’s iOS 6 on September 21. Reports of flaws in the navigation system followed shortly thereafter, prompting the company’s CEO Tim Cook to post a public apology online, advising iOS users to download competing map apps while Apple worked on improving the system.
“We are extremely sorry for the frustration this has caused our customers and we are doing everything we can to make Maps better.”
Victoria police have contacted Apple regarding the incidents in Mildura, hoping to resolve the error and prevent further incidents occurring. In the mean time, authorities advise all motorists travelling to Mildura and other areas within Victoria to access alternative navigation systems until the issue has been fixed.
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