Apple Maps is stranding drivers in the desert


Apple Maps strands driversPA

Australian police are warning motorists of the problems of using Apple Maps for navigation, after the app is stranding drivers.

Motorists using the maps application and heading to the southern city of Mildura have found themselves in the middle of a remote state park without food or water.

Victoria state police said an error in Apple's Maps service places the city of Mildura about 44 miles away in the Murray Sunset National Park.

The park is a desert-like 1,900 square mile region with scorching temperatures and virtually no mobile phone reception.

Police have been forced to rescue distressed drivers and have expressed their concern as within the park temperatures can reach as high as 46 degrees, making "this a potentially life-threatening issue", a statement said.

Some drivers were stranded for 24 hours with no food or water and walked long distances through tough terrain to access phone reception.

The latest technical glitch came after Apple's mapping software placed Dublin airport on a farm three miles south of the city.

Chief executive Tim Cook apologised in September and said the map service "fell short" of Apple's standards.

In the past 30 days, six people have been stranded after turning into the park via a dirt road the Maps application recommends, Mildura police inspector Simon Clemence said.

"It's a pretty serious problem. There's a fair amount of responsibility on Apple to get this fixed," he said.