Apple Maps Sends City-Bound Drivers To Remote State Park

SYDNEY (December 11, 2012)--Australian police warn that Apple's much-maligned mapping application is leaving drivers stranded in the middle of a remote state park when they're actually headed to the southern city of Mildura.

Victoria state police said Tuesday that an error in Apple's Maps service places the city of Mildura in the Murray Sunset National Park about 44 miles away from where it actually is.

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

Police have had to rescue distressed drivers, some of whom were stranded for 24 hours with no food or water.

Some walked long distances through tough terrain to access phone reception.

Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

CEO Tim Cook apologized in September and said the map service "fell short" of Apple's standards.

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