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Police: Do not rely on Apple's iOS 6 Maps

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Australian police have warned that motorists should rely less on technology and more on common sense as the number of stranded motorists needing rescue climbs higher.

Down Under, motorists in Victoria, Australia, have been warned by police to be careful when relying on Apple's disappointing mapping system -- especially as the number of drivers ending up in peculiar locations is on the rise.

Apple was earmarked for criticism this September when Google Maps was removed from iOS 6, forcing the firm's customers to use their own brand of mapping technology on gadgets including the iPhone and iPad. However, Apple's maps met with poor reviews and inaccurate data when compared to Google's software -- and this wasn't the end of the issue. Bugs and flaws aside, the tech giant publicly apologized for the state of iOS 6 maps, but it appears the Google rival is still a long way off from being accurate enough for everyday use.

After following directions on their iPhones, the Mildura Police force say that many motorists are finding themselves in the middle of Murray-Sunset National Park instead of the actual location of Mildura, which is over 70km away.

The statement reads:

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

Some of the motorists located by police have been stranded for up to 24 hours without food or water and have walked long distances through dangerous terrain to get phone reception."

The force has asked Apple to fix the issue, but in the meantime, perhaps rival firm Google's mapping service or a traditional A to Z would be a better option. After all, you wouldn't want to end up in a body of water or cause a pileup due to religiously following GPS technology now, would you?

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— By on December 9, 2012, 8:32 PM PST

Charlie Osborne

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Charlie Osborne is a freelance journalist and photographer based in London. In addition to SmartPlanet, she also writes for business technology website ZDNet and consumer technology site CNET. She holds a degree in medical anthropology from the University of Kent. Follow her on Twitter. Disclosure