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.
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