As pointed out by our sister site, MacRumors, the local police of Mildura in Victoria, Australia are warning visitors to avoid using Apple’s Maps app in iOS 6 due to poor directions that have left motorists stranded. Maps has apparently led some to a national park that’s over 40 miles away from the actual location of the city of Mildura.
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.
The article goes on to state that the police have contacted Apple to flag this issue.
Apple has taken quite a bit of heat for inaccuracies in its mapping data when Apple moved away from Google’s mapping solution with the debut of iOS 6. The criticism was so strong that Tim Cook issued an apology in late September, promising to make the app better.
I haven’t seen corrections to any of the inaccurate information in Maps that I’ve reported (you can find instructions on how to report errors here) but hopefully Apple is indeed working diligently on these and all the other myriad issues that have been pointed out in the past few months.
There are many alternatives to Apple’s Maps, several of which we highlighted in this article. My personal favorite from that list is Navigon. Also worth a look is newcomer Sparkling Maps, which uses Google’s map data and provides turn-by-turn voice guidance at the bargain price of $.99. Though no matter which app you use, check your directions against another reliable source so you don’t get stranded in an unknown location where help may be hard to find.