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Australian motorists stranded after using Apple Maps

(Bloomberg) — Police in Australia are urging motorists to use anything but Apple Maps to get around the Outback after the app left several people stranded in the hot dessert — a mistake police there called a “potentially life-threatening issue”.

The drivers were stranded in a national park in Victoria state for a day without food or water after being led astray, police say.

Maps on iPhones with the iOS 6 operating system list the northwestern Victorian city of Mildura in the middle of the Murray Sunset National Park about 44 miles away, state police said in a statement.

“Police are extremely concerned as there is no water supply within the park and temperatures can reach as high as 46 degrees (115 degrees Fahrenheit), making this a potentially life-threatening issue,” according to the statement.

Apple CEO Tim Cook apologised in September for the map software that has been criticised for flaws including incorrect directions and inaccurately located landmarks. Google Inc’s maps were on previous iPhone models.

Killer app: The Apple Maps app left people stranded in the Australian Outback due to wrong location information

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Published December 12, 2012 at 8:00 am (Updated December 11, 2012 at 5:44 pm)

Australian motorists stranded after using Apple Maps

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