More than two months after Apple's CEO apologized for errors in its Maps service, Australian police say the app is "potentially life threatening" because of the bad directions it has given to the southern city. On Tuesday, a police official said Apple had "sort of half fixed" the problem.
The 5,000 square kilometre park has desert like conditions, scorching temperatures and virtually no mobile phone reception.
SYDNEY, Australia The city of Mildura is not at the end of a dirt road in the Australian bush, in tire choking desert sand far from food and water. Unfortunately, Apple's much Nike Air Max Thea Iron Dark Storm Desert maligned mapping application thinks it is.
The track eventually opens up into rough desert terrain that is accessible only to four wheel drive vehicles. That's where cars are getting stuck in the sand, Clemence said.
Clemence said police received no response when they tried to contact Apple, but that on Tuesday morning a day Nike Air Max 2015 Green And Orange
after police went public with the problem it appeared Nike Air Max Thea Black Leather
life threatening issue," police said in a statement.
Drivers coming from the southern city of Adelaide are now correctly directed by the Maps application to Mildura, Clemence said. But drivers from Melbourne are still sent into the park.
"If you're stuck out there in that you haven't prepared, you've got nothing, you could be in a fair bit of trouble," he said.
In the past 30 days, six people have been stranded after turning into the park via a dirt road the Maps application recommends, Insp. Simon Clemence said. Some were able to get out on their own but others needed to be rescued by police, he said.
Apple spokeswoman Fiona Martin declined to comment Tuesday, and referred The Associated Press to Cook's apology.
Bad Apple Maps directions leading drivers to desert
Victoria state police say they've had to rescue several Mildura bound drivers who were directed by the app to remote Murray Sunset National Park, about 70 kilometres away. Some were stranded for 24 hours without food or water, and had to walk long distances through tough terrain to access phone reception.
"We screwed up and we are putting the weight of the company behind correcting it," Cook said in an interview aired Thursday on NBC's "Rock Center."
"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 Nike Air Max Tavas Green Grey
that the company had tried to fix it.
Earlier this year, Apple dropped Google Maps from its mobile operating systems in favour of its own mapping application, which was quickly and widely criticized for bad directions, misplaced landmarks and missing towns. Apple CEO Tim Cook apologized for the mapping service in September and promised to improve it.
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