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Police say Apple Maps left motorists stranded in national park

By Shawn Knight
Dec 10, 2012
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  1. The Apple Maps fiasco has been a thorn in the side of Cupertino ever since Google Maps was given the boot earlier this year when iOS 6 launched. Its faults and shortcomings have been thoroughly documented and aside from some...

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  2. captainawesome

    captainawesome TS Guru Posts: 412   +42

    What annoys me is that on the rare occasion that I do want to use Apple Maps, the server is either unavailable or too slow.
  3. Timonius

    Timonius TS Booster Posts: 582   +32

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  4. ETF Soldier

    ETF Soldier TS Booster Posts: 281   +39

    I love how you deleted then re-uploaded the same article except without the focus on Australia.
  5. C'mon Google...where's the Google Maps App for iOS?????
  6. Mandark

    Mandark TS Rookie

    Ugh. I would not ever rely on an iphone. Garmin baby, with lifetime map updates. stupid motorists
  7. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,496   +304

    That is the best... movie trailer ... ever :)
  8. "Authorities have conducted their own tests on the software and found it shows Mildura is located in the middle of the national park. In reality, the city is located some 70km away."

    oh my God! This apps is freakingly accurate.. :D
  9. Tygerstrike

    Tygerstrike TS Enthusiast Posts: 827   +93

    Yet again Apple is in the spotlight, for thier failings. This actually could have Apple facing a civil liability suit if anyone gets hurt or dies. Apple has released a faulty product and continues to release a faulty product and has made no decernable movement to fixing the issue. Now take into account that 90% of the planets venomous creatures live in AU. That is certainly a recipe for Apple disaster.
  10. Ok everyone take a deep breath and think about what this article is saying, and what it is not saying. One thing it is not saying is how stupid these motorists are for driving into the middle of a national park as if their destination would be located there.

    One thing it did say is that the motorists were left stranded. Ok think about this. The motorists would have had to arrive at their destination with their gas tanks on empty, which is why they didn't simply turn around.

    Those are just a couple of questionable items in this obvious "I hate Apple" article.
  11. Obviously they are stupid, after all they're using an iphone. Right? Am I right?
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  12. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,962   +1,482

    Maps are maps regardless of whether they are on an iPhone or a printed book. A map by design is supposed to be accurate. You can not blame the User for getting lost if they rely on a map to keep them from getting lost. Take your User and iPhone hatred somewhere else like the source of this inaccurate data.
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  13. Vrmithrax

    Vrmithrax TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,285   +232

    This is no different than Techspot reporting about the whole Google maps fiasco that had some South American general invading another country because their map borderline reported wrong... Remember that? Nobody called that an "I hate Google" article...

    Was it silly that these guys turned into the wrong place and got stranded? Sure, maybe. But we tend to rely heavily on our nav systems these days, and don't necessarily question the directions it is spouting out. If they were taken down winding roads, with multiple turns, it would be easy to get yourself lost and not be able to backtrack effectively. Unless you were there, you can't really know all of the facts.

    The facts that ARE known are: Apple Maps is seriously flawed; Apple Maps gave the wrong directions; People followed the wrong directions; Those people got stranded in less than hospitable surroundings... Pretty much exactly what was reported here. How is that Apple hate?
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  14. This is a real story. Please consider the distances in Australia. Mildura is in the middle of no where, you go through lots of nothing "national parks" (trees, bush. not grand central park). To get 70km as the crow flys away from mildura you would need to travel say 120km+. Now try retracing your route 120km+ (if you know how to retrace with a faulty map). Then factor in no fuel stations, no cell phone reception, no civilislation for those 240km+.

    In Australia you need to fill up with fuel every 2nd town in the less inhabited areas, Many fill up every town as you never know if the next pump will be open or even have fuel. Someone who needs a nav system, probably doesn't have the sence to keep a full tank of fuel and would assume they can pick up fuel in Mildura.

    Unfortunatly/fortunatly Australia is not like America and Apple is far less likely to be sued for a map error.
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  15. Tygerstrike

    Tygerstrike TS Enthusiast Posts: 827   +93

    @VRM
    I get it...Its not actually that its hate. More of ppl yet again pointing out Apples flaws!! So the "guest" is simply mad that we are pointing out that Apple has an issue again. Maybe therapy will help them.........
  16. Tekkaraiden

    Tekkaraiden TS Maniac Posts: 901   +52

    That this is why I still bring printed maps with me when I travel.
  17. Keep in mind that these kind of issues occur with Google Maps as well. The earth is a big place.
    see www.mapofstrange.com
  18. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TS Evangelist Posts: 3,465   +622

    This kind of thing happens all the time in Australia. *****s with no fuel, no water drive out into nowhere without any maps. Having an iPhone with no signal to use as a GPS isn't going to help much.
  19. windmill007

    windmill007 TS Rookie Posts: 311

    Stop being cheap and download garmin app and problem solved! Accurate and works without signal.
  20. Darth Shiv

    Darth Shiv TS Evangelist Posts: 1,159   +174

    We usually are able to say stuff like "Apple's maps suck" in official police releases and not get sued for libel too ;)
  21. Darth Shiv

    Darth Shiv TS Evangelist Posts: 1,159   +174

    GPS does not require data to work... but still it's hilarious that people can get lost heading to the park because they trust the maps and ignore the big green signs with "Mildura" written on them!
  22. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TS Evangelist Posts: 3,465   +622

    Yeah, GPS doesn't need data. But the maps data on the app needs it!
  23. p51d007

    p51d007 TS Booster Posts: 321   +46

    People are STUPID these days. The GPS tells them to go down a road they KNOW has no bridge, they plunge into a river...the GPS tells them to go down a road they know is too narrow for their truck & get stuck. You see/hear stories like this all the time. The human race doesn't know how to use common sense anymore.
  24. Pan Wah

    Pan Wah TS Enthusiast Posts: 134   +27

    This is a problem of error bands. If the accuracy of the map is meant to be "to within +/- 3 light-years", then it is terrifyingly accurate! However, if advertised as accurate to +/- 200metres (which would be useful) it is an absolute, unmitigated load of old bollocks. It's all relative, as always.
  25. avoidz

    avoidz TS Maniac Posts: 454   +54

    Sheep go where they're told. To the iShop. To the middle of nowhere.


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