updated 05:55 pm EST, Wed December 12, 2012
Problem with Australian road detail not limited to Apple Maps
A second area in Australia is having difficulties with Internet map services, this time courtesy of Google Maps. Police in Colac, west of Melbourne, say problems with Google Maps are endangering motorists along the Great Ocean Road and in the southern Otways. Sergeant Nick Buenen says trucks, buses, and tourist vehicles are being directed down Wild Dog Road, which is a one-way dirt road, not built for heavy traffic. Local department of public works VicRoads has denied responsibility, and Google has not commented on the matter, nor fixed the issue.
"My issue is it's a significant safety issue for tourists [and] locals, who are getting the wrong information from their GPSs," the sergeant said. "My concern is that one day we're going to be at the coroner's court [being asked] well what did you do about it?"
On Monday, Police in Victoria, Australia issued a bulletin warning people about an error in iOS 6 Maps which left people stranded. The bulletin noted that during the past few weeks, rescue operations have been needed for a number of people using iOS 6 to drive to the city of Mildura. The firmware is instead leading people into a part of Murray-Sunset National Park over 40 miles away. Apple's issue has since been fixed.