Faulty mapping phone app could put lives at risk

Published: December 11, 2012
Grey nomads at risk from faulty phone app

Grey nomads are being urged to use extreme caution when relying on the Apple i-phone’s mapping application to guide them around the country.
Police in Victoria say that, in recent weeks, they have had to help a number of distressed motorists who have become stranded within the state’s Murray-Sunset National Park.
Tests on the Apple i-phone’s troubled mapping system operating on the iOS 6 system confirmed  that the town of Mildura was being shown as being in the middle of the Murray-Sunset National Park, approximately 70km away from where it actually is.
Police said a number of motorists had turned off perfectly good bitumen roads to follow their phones up sandy tracks into the scrub before realising something was amiss.
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.
Authorities 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.
The ‘relocation’ of Mildura is the latest in many errors users have discovered since Apple’s software update and new mapping application was launched in September.
Police say they have contacted Apple in relation to the issue and hope the matter is rectified promptly to ensure the safety of motorists travelling to Mildura.
* Do you rely on GPS for directions?  How much do you trust your system? Comment below.

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Ian Oxley
8 years ago

It shows you have to carry a good local tourist map as well as GPS.
Anybody who relies totally on GPS is not living in the real world.
If you are a genuine traveler it would be foolish not to check the local tourist attractions that you might miss without some local knowledge.
I rely heavily on GPS in unknown areas but always check maps as well.
Never been turned onto dirt roads I did not know, never been turned onto railway lines, never tried to drive to an island either.
Come on use commonsense as well.

Steve B
8 years ago

I use a GPS always when exploring but never ever rely on it for accurate locations. I always double check on a paper map and Google Map Earth to make sure where I need to go or be is really there. Just do your homework before you leave. Like Ian said use commonsense.

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