The Straits Times
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Published on Dec 10, 2012
 

Apple Maps glitch could be deadly: Australian police warn motorists

 
 

SYDNEY (AFP) - Australian police on Monday warned motorists about using the map system on new Apple iPhones after rescuing several people left stranded in the wilderness, saying the errors could prove deadly.

Victoria state police said drivers were sent "off the beaten track" in recent weeks while attempting to get to the inland town of Mildura, being directed instead to the middle of a national park.

"Police are extremely concerned as there is no water supply within the park and temperatures can reach as high as 46 degrees Celsius, making this a potentially life threatening issue," police said in a statement.

Authorities said tests on the mapping system had confirmed that it lists Mildura, around 500km north-west of Melbourne, as being in the heart of the Murray Sunset National Park.