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Australian police turn map error ire on Google

13 Dec 2012
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Australian police in Mildura have said that Google Maps have left tourists lost in the wilderness.

According to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), authorities believe that Google Maps users are getting stranded in Murray-Sunset National Park in Victoria, Australia.

News of the Google Maps issues follows hot the heels of criticism of Apple's mapping system.

"My issue is it's a significant safety issue for tourists [and] locals, who are getting the wrong information from their GPS," said Sergeant Nick Buenen.

"My concern is that one day we're going to be at the coroner's court [being asked]: what did you do about it?"

Authorities reportedly said that Google Maps was putting drivers on a dangerous one-way path know as Wild Dog Road. The road can reportedly be dangerous to travellers because it is not maintained for heavy traffic.

According to the officials, the questionable directions have led police to mount six rescues in recent weeks.

A similar issue arose with Apple's mapping system earlier this month. In the same National Park travelers were reportedly being stranded because they were using the GPS system that is stock for Apple's iPhone.

Apple recently dropped Google Maps to make its own mobile mapping system. Apple Maps has become the brunt of much controverse in recent months. The company's chief executive went as far as to apologise for the poor quality of Apple's mapping system in September.

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James Dohnert

James is a freelance writer and editor. In addition to ClickZ, his work has appeared in publications like V3, The Commonwealth Club,, and Shonen Jump magazine. He studied Journalism at Weber State University.

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