Australian police say Apple's mapping app threatens lives

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by Associated Press and KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on December 11, 2012 at 9:40 AM

Updated Tuesday, Dec 11 at 10:28 AM

SYDNEY  -- It used to be something to joke about -- Apple's new mapping app showing landmarks like New York's Madison Square Garden as a park -- because it includes the word "garden." But police in Australia are warning that the app's mistakes are no laughing matter -- and may cost unsuspecting travelers their lives.

Police in Victoria state say Apple Maps places the city of Mildura about 44 miles away from its actual location. Worse still, it pegs the city in the middle of Murray Sunset National Park, a desert-like 1,900 square mile area where temperatures can reach 115 degrees Fahrenheit. And to top it off, those led into the area will find there's virtually no phone reception in the area.

Police say at least six people have been stranded, some for as long as 24 hours without food or water.

Earlier this year, Apple dropped Google Maps from its mobile operating systems for its own map app, which has been panned for bad directions and missing towns.

The British newspaper The Guardian reported Monday that Apple has fixed the problem.

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