The police in Victoria, Australia, issued a statement late Sunday warning motorists driving to the city of Mildura that they should not rely on directions from the Apple Maps program that comes standard with the company’s latest operating system.
According to the statement, Apple’s maps program mistakenly places Mildura in the middle of the Murray Sunset National Park — about 43.5 miles away from its real location.
Police have received calls from motorists who have been stranded in the park without adequate food and water for as long as 24 hours. The park does not have a water supply, police said. Combined with the fact that temperatures in the park can reach up to 114.8 degrees Fahrenheit, the map error is “a potentially life threatening issue,” the release said.
The statement said Victoria police have contacted Apple about the problem, and have recommended drivers rely on alternate “forms of mapping” until the issue is fixed.