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Australian Police Warn Against Apple Maps, Citing

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"for me it works fine, and I don't see nothing wrong in taking some time for ourselves in the beauty of nature"

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"what? there's something outside usa? must be alqueda so who cares?"

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I was surprised that anyone would want to travel to Mildura in the first place ;)

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faulty directions on the much-criticized app have left motorists stranded in the Australian outback for up to 24 hours without food or water.

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?"

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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?"

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.

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..

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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?"

You will be surprised how many people would trust Apple with their lives.

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These are handy tools, but always use a real map when traveling into the unknown. Map reading is so easy with a little practice and common sense.

NEVER fully trust satnavs/gps/apps.They are just handy little tools/toys and not the full answer.

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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 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.

You will be surprised how many people would trust Apple with their lives.

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.

Map reading is so easy with a little practice and common sense.

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).

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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.

No doubt you would be fine, we have plenty of UK and Irish workers who cross the country with no problem and enjoy and love every second of it. It's the one's that don't speak english that great.. And obviously don't understand "LAST STATION FOR 800KM!" Means fill the car and jerry cans :laugh:

Tourists usually have to let the town there leaving know when they are leaving and when the next town can expect them and if they never turn up.. We'll the search party goes out.

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*re- LOLs @ Apple Maps in Vic coz SOMEONE deleted my original LOLs*

*raises fist* damn hippies.

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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..

I'm not from Aus, have never been to Aus, and likely never WILL go to Aus (I hate flying!), and even I know that you don't go into the outback without being prepared! On top of that all gear, I'd also add a satellite phone, as there's just no way you're going to get a cellphone signal in the middle of nowhere. Make sure you tell reliable people where you're going and how long you'll be, too.

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The truth hurts, sometimes.

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