- Associated Press - Monday, December 10, 2012

SYDNEY (AP) - Australian police are warning that Apple’s much-maligned mapping application is stranding drivers headed to the southern city of Mildura in the middle of a remote state park.

Victoria state police said Tuesday that an error in Apple’s Maps service places the city of Mildura about 70 kilomters (44 miles) away in the Murray Sunset National Park. The park is a desert-like 5,000-square-kilometer (1,900-square-mile) region with scorching temperatures and virtually no mobile phone reception.

Police have been forced to rescue distressed drivers. Some were stranded for 24 hours with no food or water and have 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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