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Authorities in Australia are warning people in the country about using Apple Maps as the new system introduced by the iPhone maker with iOS 6 may be life-threatening.
The warning was issued by police in the Australian state of Victoria for people travelling to Mildura.
In a bad case of misplaced locations on Apple Maps, the Apple mapping system puts the city located in northwestern Victoria right smack inside Murray-Sunset National Park which is about 70 kilometers away from Mildura.
The problem lies in the hostile environment inside the park. According to the police, temperatures inside the park can reach as high as 46 degrees.
Authorities in the Australian state of Victoria say that they have actually helped a lot of motorists stranded inside the park for up to 24 hours without food and water.
What is more, some of the stranded motorists who relied on Apple Maps, have already walked long distances through tough terrain just to get a signal on their mobile phones.
Below follows the full statement by the Victoria Police about the Apple Maps issue:
Police concerned with Apple iOS 6 mapping system
Mildura Police are urging motorists to be careful when relying on the mapping system on the Apple i-phones operating on the iOS 6 system after a number of motorists were directed off the beaten track in recent weeks.
Local Police have been called to assist distressed motorists who have become stranded within the Murray-Sunset National Park after following directions on their Apple i-phone.
Tests on the mapping system by police confirm the mapping systems lists Mildura in the middle of the Murray Sunset National Park, approximately 70km away from the actual location of Mildura.
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 life threatening issue.
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.
Police have contacted Apple in relation to the issue and hope the matter is rectified promptly to ensure the safety of motorists travelling to Mildura.
Anyone travelling to Mildura or other locations within Victoria should rely on other forms of mapping until this matter is rectified.
Acting Senior Sergeant Sharon Darcy
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