Australian police officialy dismissed Apple’s botched iOS 6 maps application (pictured above) after its failed navigation caused a number of life-threatening situations. According to their statement “several motorists became stranded within the Murray-Sunset National Park after following directions on their Apple iPhone” and ended up 70km deep in the wrong direction. The travelers were looking for the city of Mildura, but iOS6 Maps took them to the national park, a huge area that covers up more than 6000 square kilometres populated exclusively by mother nature’s offspring (mainly rare plants and birds). At one point the motorists were left without food and water for up to 24 hours, stranded miles off course and without cell reception. There is no water supply within the park and temperatures can reach as high as 46 degrees celsius.
At the moment even Google’s relatively trustworthy Maps won’t serve you directions between Mildura and the park solely because of the probability of such accidents. If you happen to be in this vicinity, then heed the local police’s advice: “Anyone travelling to Mildura or other locations within Victoria should rely on other forms of mapping until this matter is rectified.”