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Posted 10 December 2012 - 10:43
Posted 10 December 2012 - 10:48
Posted 10 December 2012 - 11:06
Posted 10 December 2012 - 11:10
faulty directions on the much-criticized app have left motorists stranded in the Australian outback for up to 24 hours without food or water.
Posted 10 December 2012 - 11:30
Posted 10 December 2012 - 11:32
How stupid do you have to be to blindly follow ANY sat-nav and end up in such a situation. It's like the people that drove off a cliff because the sat-nav said so. Really?
Surely, when leaving a built-up areas and entering the outback, you'd realise? And at that point you take some personal responsibility and think "Did I come prepared for this?"
Posted 10 December 2012 - 11:36
Posted 10 December 2012 - 11:48
To be honest, a lot of tourists don't realise how big Australia is. A lot of cattle stations are larger then entire European countries. One wrong left or right turn because the sat nav tells you that is the direction of the next fuel stop and over nighter you will easily end up out of fuel and supplies. Most refueling stations are around 600km's apart. And a lot of sections you need to bring extra fuel to make the trip if you don't stick to the main road.
I'm not sure this is actually about Apple per-se, I would suggest any cheap consumer sat-nav system (including smartphones) are culprit here.
You will be surprised how many people would trust Apple with their lives.
See, before sat-nav, I used to read maps before heading out, jot a post-it of junctions and so on, and generally have an idea of my route. I used to adore orienteering when I was a cadet, and have an intensely strong sense of direction (with one blindingly annoying caveat).
Map reading is so easy with a little practice and common sense.
Posted 10 December 2012 - 11:59
I do get that, maybe I don't fully appreciate the scale, but I understand the sentiment. But if I'm somewhere I don't know - I check things before rather than just setting off and trusting a sat-nav.
Posted 10 December 2012 - 12:28
Posted 10 December 2012 - 12:44
All said, anyone traveling into the Australian outback needs to be prepared. Or at least have an emergency GPS locator on them at all times. It is a massive massive area of nothing but sand dirt and rock with not a soul for days on end depending where you end up.
Take a GPS positioner, and a trusty map book. And any satnav but an iphone..