Apple Maps stranding drivers in middle of desert-like state park in Australia, police say

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Associated Press

Posted on December 11, 2012 at 3:35 AM

Updated Tuesday, Dec 11 at 5:04 AM

SYDNEY (AP) — Australian police are warning that Apple's much-maligned mapping application is stranding drivers headed to the southern city of Mildura in the middle of a remote state park.

Victoria state police say an error in Apple's Maps service places the city of Mildura about 44 miles away in the Murray Sunset National Park. The park is a desert-like 1,900-square-mile region with scorching temperatures, no water and virtually no mobile phone reception.

Police have been forced to rescue distressed drivers. Some were stranded for 24 hours with no food or water and have walked long distances through tough terrain to access phone reception.

Earlier this year, Apple dropped Google Maps from its mobile operating systems in favor of its own mapping application, which has been criticized for bad directions, misplaced landmarks and missing towns.

CEO Tim Cook apologized in September and said the map service "fell short" of Apple's standards.

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APPHOTO XRG102: This screen shot taken Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012, of an iPhone's Apple mapping application shows the service placing the city of Mildura 70 kilometers (44 miles) away in the Murray Sunset National Park, a desert-like 5,000 square kilometer (1,900 square mile) region with scorching temperatures and virtually no mobile phone reception. Australian police are warning the public that errors in Apple's much-maligned mapping application are leading drivers headed to the southern city to take a potentially "life-threatening" wrong turn into the middle of a remote state park. (AP Photo) (11 Dec 2012)

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APPHOTO XRG101: People walk past an Apple store in Sydney's central business district in Australia, Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012. Australian police are warning the public that errors in Apple's much-maligned mapping application are leading drivers headed to the southern city of Mildura to take a potentially "life-threatening" wrong turn into the middle of a remote state park. Apple's Maps service places the city of Mildura about 70 kilometers (44 miles) away in the Murray Sunset National Park, a desert-like 5,000 square kilometer (1,900 square mile) region with scorching temperatures and virtually no mobile phone reception.(AP Photo/Rob Griffith) (11 Dec 2012)

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