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December 10, 2012

Apple, Robert Frost and Australia's Deserted Motorists


We all know Robert Frost’s poem, “The Road Not Taken,” which boasts the infamous line, “Two roads diverged in a wood, and I / I took the one less traveled by, / and that had made all the difference.” Perhaps Frost was prophesying about a time almost 100 years in the future where Australian motorists would be directed off to deserted locations thanks to a life-threatening glitch in the Apple (News - Alert) iOS 6 mapping system.

Obviously we kid, but in reality, there have been quite a few motorists relying on the iPhone mapping system on the iOS 6 that are being urged to take the road less taken, and it sure is making all the difference – that is, it could possibly kill them.

So many motorists have been urged into far-away, harsh conditions that Mildura Police have gotten involved and are urging the motorists to be more careful when traveling with Apple’s navigation tool.

Not only have local police been called to assist distressed motorists who became stranded in the Murray-Sunset National Park after following directions given to them on their iPhones, but they were tested in very harsh conditions including lack of food, water and being caught in 46 degrees Celsius, or an unfathomable 114 degrees Fahrenheit.

Even worse, motorists were taken as far as 70km away from the actual location of Mildura, and some were stranded there for up to 24 hours without food or water and having walked great distances just to get phone reception.

It had been reported that police have contacted Apple and are hoping to resolve the issue in a quick and efficient way to ensure the safety of those travelling to the region.

This will certainly bring a triumphant moment for all of those who are scoffed at for still using good old MapQuest.

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Edited by Rachel Ramsey
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